The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1888
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System Number: 00334
Date: 18 April 1889
Author: Joseph Edgar Boehm[1]
Place: Rome
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B110
Document Type: ALS

Hôtel d'Angleterre Rome

18 April 1889

My dear Mac -

The invitation to your Banquet[2] came the morning I left & I have only just been enabled to answer - I am really distressed that I shall not be able to return by the 1 of May - I am making studies here for a statue of Lord Dufferin[3] which is to be done for Calcutta & began to day - and can neither assist at the R. A! [p. 2] Banquet nor yours - I am very anxious to know who will be in the chair - If you find time for a line it will be most refreshing to hear from you -

It is cold & wet & stormy & as nasty as can be - Cannot last much longer -

I feel I will lose a great deal at not being present on the 1st May - I am sure there will be capital speeches & real Enthusiasm - By the bye have you seen Lanteri[4] since [p. 3] his return from Glasgow? If not - Do go & see him - I asked him to call on you but he is always so shy - He will tell you of the triumph of your works[5] there & the Enthusiasm of the native artists[6] - all wish to do like wise - & even such a wish only is meritorious - in the right direction - but it will interest you to hear details from Lanteri

Believe me
My dear Mac always yours
[(vulgo Spucke)?]

J E Boehm

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1.  Joseph Edgar Boehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more].

2.  Banquet
A dinner, to congratulate JW on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, was held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889. It was organised by W. C. Symons. JW took an active part in promoting it and deciding who should or should not be invited.

3.  Lord Dufferin
Frederick Hamilton-Temple Blackwood (1826-1902), Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, diplomat [more].

4.  Lanteri
Edouard ('Edward') Lanteri (1848-1917), sculptor [more].

5.  your works
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) had been shown at International Exhibition, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, 1888.

6.  native artists
The 'Glasgow Boys', including Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more], were strongly supportive of JW.