Documents associated with: Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898
Record 10 of 87
9 Upper Cheyne Row Chelsea
14 LANSDOWNE PLACE, BRIGHTON.
Dear Mr Whistler
We held our Council Meeting at Princes Club on Thursday[.] Only four attended including myself. The others were Walton, Sauter, and Lavery, who took the chair. What work we were able to get through will be embodied in a report and sent to each member of the council in a few days[.] The cause of my writing you at present, is, Gilbert, and his position in regard [p. 2] to us. I went up to him a few evenings ago to tell him that the exhibition was practically arranged. He however was not in a listening mood, and rambled off into assertions that he could nere do any thing to harm the Academy and its great and good work as a charitable and Educational institution. In his opinion an Exhibition should be one financed by the subscriptions of 50 or 60 artists, and all the profits accruing, should go to swell the benevolent fund of the Academy.
This, of course, taking circumstances into consideration, is sheer mid-winter madness, and if it were not, would be quite unpracticable and impossible. I tried to diplomatise by suggesting that after we have reached great success through Admiral Maxse and share holders, we might sell ourselves to the public as a company and realize [p. 3] a very large sum indeed to apply as we should choose, but am afraid his inattention prevented this extravagance taking any effect. Will you therefore please write him a very strong letter, or if you are in town or to be in town immediately, see him. It is necessary to know his position before using his name officially as of the Council - in the invitations to Menzel[,] Lenbach, de Chevannes [sic], Besnard, and others to become foreign members, and in the official conduct of business.
[p. 4] Until we know his position we will be unable to hand Maxse'[s] solicitors our resolution to support the scheme -
and unless we omit his name - and thereby delay the signing of papers, and business of the exhibition.
If you will let me know when you will be in town I will come and see you immediately.
Every congratulation on [p. 5] the result of the case! The load is hard but!
Yours very sincerely
1. [February 1898]
Dated from other correspondence during this period, #02282; #02283; #02284; #02285.
2. Francis Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more]. This letter relates to preparations for the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, the first exhibition organised by the newly society.
Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor [more]. Gilbert chaired the second meeting of the ISSPG on 7 February 1898 but later resigned (see JW to J. Pennell, [25 February 1898], #07653, and Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 217).
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Sheet numbered with a circled '2'.