Documents associated with: Tentoonstelling van Kunstwerken van Levende Meesters, Amsterdam, 1889
Record 15 of 18
System Number: 00336
Date: [November 1889]
Recipient: Joseph Edgar Boehm
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B112
Document Type: ALS
Now listen my dear Mac -
You must put me on the right track about the Vienna exhibition -
It appears that there is to be an Exposition Internationale in something like a month's time - and I learn that the persevering humbug of the surgery has had himself made President of [p. 2] the Etching department for England! -
You can see him from here arranging papers and pigeon holing lies and preparing to pounce upon the prize - whatever that may be! -
But Mac & der Spuch I think can 'over lay' all that - as they say in America - if they put their two heads together! -
First then I ought to meet the Vienese Commissioner - and I ought to arrive at sending the mass of my etchings so that they should be properly seen in their own frames - Then they ought to know that I had the gold medal from Holland - (pays de Rembrant! ) and that of course I ought to have the Gold medal in Vienna! -
But my dear Spuch as we know these things must be dealt with delicately and every body ought to be charmed to have discovered themselves the strong reasons [p. 3] for awarding the honours to this Bashi Bizouck without the pale of "Painter Etchers"!
Do my dear Spuch let me see you and talk this over at once -
Say will you dine with me one evening[.] I want so much to consult with you - It is not only your influence but your wisdom & wit that I want - Suppose we say next Wednesday - dine with me at the Fielding Club - 8. o'clock - and meanwhile think out matters -
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1. [November 1889]
Dated by reference to gold medal (see below).
3. Exposition Internationale
JW may have been misinformed.
5. Vienese Commissioner
There was a Jubiläums-Ausstellung in Vienna in 1898.
8. Bashi Bizouck
Turkish irregular troops (literally, 'wild head').
9. Painter Etchers
Haden was a founder member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers.
10. Fielding Club
A private gentleman's club.