The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd [Exhibition], Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892
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System Number: 00247
Date: 1 February 1892
Author: John Chandler Bancroft[1]
Place: Cannes
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B21
Document Type: ALS


Feb. 1. 1892

Dear Whistler

I was glad to see in yesterday's paper[2] that you had scored another point in France -

There's only one thing left to do: take the gold medal at the Salon of '92[3] with my marine[4]! (It should be in Capital letters) -

Your "Arrangement in Black[5]" & the [p. 2] [illegible] water-color have been shown to the good people of Boston at the St Botolph Club[6], and my wife's[7] letters say that the said good people opened their eyes very wide in consequence; and of my personal knowledge there are at least half a dozen in Boston perhaps a dozen who know a [p. 3] good thing when they see it -

I am not in first-rate shape yet: but am fairly on my legs & we are going down to Rome in a day or two -

Present my compliments to Mrs Whistler[8] & hopes that the influenza this winter has spared you both.

Always yours

J C Bancroft

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1.  John Chandler Bancroft
John Chandler Bancroft (1822-1907), politician, diplomat and collector [more].

2.  yesterday's paper
The announcement that JW had been made an Officier de la Légion d'Honneur appeared in Le Figaro, 31 January 1892.

3.  Salon of '92
2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.

4.  marine
Bancroft hoped to buy The Last of Old Westminster (YMSM 39), Battersea Reach (YMSM 45), Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56) and Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 64) (see his letter to JW, 11 June 1892, #00248). However, he did not do so, and it is not clear if there was another 'marine' under consideration.

5.  Arrangement in Black
Arrangement in Black: Girl Reading (YMSM 223), bought on 8 June 1891.

6.  St Botolph Club
Silver and Blue: Southampton (M.1142) was shown at the [Exhibition], St Botolph Club, Boston, 1892.

7.  wife's
Harriet B. Bancroft (b. ca 1843), née James [more].

8.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].