The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester, 1887
Record 1 of 9

System Number: 03636
Date: [1886/1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 9/41
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Brown -

I fear from my not hearing from you that Mrs. Brown[3] may perhaps not be so well again - but I trust indeed that this is not so -

Did you understand clearly by my last note that the Council of the British Artists wish [sic] you to undertake the bringing out and publication [p. 2] of the Album of photographs[4] in question -

Tonight is the meeting again of the Council, and I want so much to be able to give them further details -

Can you get down here today? or will you perhaps in the afternoon - though indeed any time you came I would see you.

If impossible, will you come to the Hogarth club[5] and have a steak at 7 this evening?

Or if all be difficult, will you write something that I may show, so that my servant can bring it back to me -

J McN Whistler.

454. Fulham Road.

What about the people in the North[6]? - any news? -

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1.  [1886/1887?]
Dated from address and content (see below). There are several copies of this letter (#01182, #03119) including one dated incorrectly '1885' (#02715).

2.  Ernest G. Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  Mrs. Brown
Elsie Brown (d. 1943), wife of E. G. Brown [more].

4.  Album of photographs
There was apparently a plan to photograph JW's work for a prospective exhibition at the SBA, which was abandoned.

5.  Hogarth club
A private gentlemen's club for artists and amateurs.

6.  people in the North
Possibly a reference to Royal Jubilee Exhibition, Manchester, 1887, or to the sale of etchings to W. Craibe Angus in Glasgow (see JW's letter to Brown, #03634).