The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 5th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1881
Record 6 of 7

System Number: 00359
Date: [19/21 May 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Florence Boughton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B136
Document Type: ALS

Dear Flossie -

You just tell Master George[3] to get this weeks World for I think he will be pleased with Arry[4] on toast - and I am sure you will! -

Always Yrs

[butterfly signature]

13. Tite Street - Chelsea.

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1.  [19/21 May 1881]
Dated from butterfly signature and reference to Harry Quilter (see note below).

2.  Florence Boughton
Florence ('Flossie') Boughton (b.1863, m.1887), Mrs J. C. Montagu Robb [more].

3.  Master George
George Henry Boughton (1833-1905), painter [more].

4.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more]. Quilter had just succeeded Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more], as art critic at the Times. On 18 May 1881, JW wrote to the society paper, the World, mocking Quilter's confusion between oil and water-colour in his review of a portrait of John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], by Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), painter [more], at the Grosvenor Gallery. Quilter's review of 5th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1881 appeared in the Times on 2 May 1881. See also Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 68-69.