The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895
Record 35 of 84

System Number: 02975
Date: [17 November 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 3/38
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Huish -

Enclosed sketch[3] for signs - which I would have nearly square - as shown by the two vertical lines, which would be its limits -

Also have it White - and the lettering & Butterfly Black - the whole thing being varnished -

This arrangement I would not like you to use for any one else -

I wired Webb[4] yesterday - but whether the place closed early on Saturday or what - the Agreement has not yet arrived - & I suppose [p. 2] now I should not receive it until tuesday morning which is not any of our faults -

The Academy scrap has been sent to me - Of course that is Wedmore[5] - but it is all to the good! - It gives you an extra chance - for you can easily get Pennel[6] or Someone to put in the papers a little paragraph to the effect that what was once lost to the Public for a penny can only now be found for five guineas! - Besides here is your occasion for the difference between a Proof - on old Dutch paper - and a print from a transfer - Dont make it vexing though for the Studio[7] - with whom matters were concluded before all this came on -

I will sign all the proofs - and hope to get up to town in time before the Exhibition[8] - I must be off now! - More soon!

With kind regards
Sincerely Yrs

J McN Whistler

[p. 3] Mr Whistler's Lithographs.[9]
[butterfly signature]

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1.  [17 November 1895]
This is a reply to M. B. Huish's letter of 16 November 1895, #01310.

2.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  sketch
This relates to preparations for JW's forthcoming exhibition, Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895 which opened in December. The signs were for the entrance to the Society's gallery. See also JW's flag design, #02974.

4.  Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more]. The telegram is untraced.

5.  Wedmore
Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more].

6.  Pennel
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

7.  Studio
This probably relates to the article Way, Thomas R., 'Mr. Whistler's Lithographs,' The Studio, vol. 6, no. 34, January 1896, pp. 219-227.

8.  Exhibition
Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895.

9.  Mr Whistler's Lithographs
Design for a sign for 'Mr Whistler's Lithographs' (M.1446).