Document associated with: [Etchings from the collection of Howard Mansfield], St Botolph Club, Boston, 1894
Record 1 of 1
System Number: 01781
Date: 8 March 1895
Author: William Graham
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G147
Document Type: ALS
"The Ludlow" S. James ave
Mar 8. 1895
Dear Mr Whistler
I have time and again had the idea of venturing a few words to you. but the fear of the little interest my writing might have for you has rather held me back[.] Now, however, the departure for Europe of a couple of friends who have been infinitely kind to me during both my stays in Boston, gives me motive to shake of[f] a little of my reserve - Mrs Calvin G. and Miss Edith Page, the ladies I [p. 2] speak of have a nice, and not mere faddy appreciation of your work, and I feel it would be a great satisfaction to them to know, though ever so slightly, the author - hence the liberty I have taken of giving them a letter to you -
A while ago, I was surprised and delighted to find that a gentleman of This City had a most complete collection of your etchings - I was made aware of the fact by his kindly giving the public an opportunity to see them in the Gallery of the S. Botolph Club - Among the many who had their say in print in regard to them - was Elwell [p. 3] of Venetian memory - Elwell is still dreamy, poetic and, I am grieved to say, not succes[s]ful -
Just now, there is an exhibition on at one of the dealers of some of Theodore Wores work. I was interested to see what progress he had made on the already good work he had when I was in London - This was, in a way admirable but, Oh! so Workmanlike[.] German blood, and German training asserts itself in him as the years go by - It is seldom I venture criticise, having a tolerable sense of my own deficiencies, and still the consciousness of not being quite bad enough painter, to make an habituale [sic] critic - Still I cannot but think, you would have sympathised with me in [p. 4] the feeling with which I contemplated this job lot -
But I will leave art, willingly to turn to things domestic - You were the happiest of men in the possession of your admirable wife, I hope you continue to appreciate the treasure you have - Have you ever heard, I have lost my share of happiness? - she died too when I was far away from her -
Beleive [sic] me my dear Mr Whistler
2. Mrs Calvin G.
'Mrs Calvin G.', unidentified.
3. Miss Edith Page
Edith Page, unidentified.