The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898
Record 16 of 87

System Number: 02296
Date: 11 April [1898][1]
Author: Frederick Augustus Maxse[2]
Place: San Remo
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I36
Document Type: ALS

San Remo.
Italy. -

April 11th.

Dear Mr Whistler

I have just received your letter. - I think it is very nice of you to have waived your objection and to have conceded to my request so far & to refer the matter to the Committee[3]. Thank you [very] much. - I do hope you [p. 2] you are better - I know the influenza is vile - I hope you have by this time your compensation in convalescence. - Here we have the mistral[4] - I have [been?] endeavouring to counteract its effect by striding up through Olive groves into Fiz heights. -

In coming through Paris on my way back I shall try to see you: I think it [p. 3] may be on Sunday next. -

Yours Ever Sincerely

Fredk. A. Maxse

I do want Boldini[5] to send his picture of you. -

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1.  11 April [1898]
Dated from related correspondence (see below) and the watermark of '1898' on the paper.

2.  Frederick Augustus Maxse
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more], was the proprietor of the Prince's Rink Skating Club where the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers held its first exhibition in May 1898. The Society was charged no rent and Maxse relied upon a percentage of the gate receipts to make a profit (Maxse to JW, #02315).

3.  committee
JW apparently allowed the committee to decide whether works by Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more], could be admitted to the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898. The matter was raised again in the following year and JW agreed to let the Council decide, but, in the end, Menpes did not exhibit with the ISSPG (see F. A. Maxse to JW, 30 March and 4 April [1899], #02337, #02339; and reply, 6 [April] 1899, #02340; J. Howard to JW, 25 and 26 April 1899, #02345 and #02346; J. Lavery to JW, 27 April 1899, #09958).

4.  mistral
The strong, cold wind in southern France that blows down from the north along the lower Rhône valley toward the Mediterranean Sea.

5.  Boldini
G. Boldini, Portrait of Whistler (z246), which was not exhibited, because Giovanni Boldini (1845-1931), portrait painter and etcher [more], did not think it worthy.