The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901
Record 2 of 8

System Number: 04008
Date: 25 August 1901
Author: Howard Mansfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M279
Document Type: ALS

[printed illustration of golfer]


August 25. 1901

Dear Mr. Whistler:

Something by way of report on the exhibit of your etchings at the Buffalo Exposition was made by my sending you a copy of the catalogue of the Department of Fine Arts; now it is my pleasure to enclose a photograph of the etchings as they appear on the wall of one of the rooms in the art building. The photograph is too small to be wholly satisfactory, but it will indicate to you sufficiently the effect of the display. More would have been attempted if larger space had been available. Having only twelve feet of line space at command, it seemed to me best to make the Venice[2] etch-(p. 2)[3]ings the main feature of the exhibit and to make as representative a display as was possible besides. I trust that you will be fairly pleased with the result.

As was, of course, expected, a gold medal was awarded to you for your etchings as well as a gold medal for your paintings, but the like honor was not bestowed on any other etcher.

Mrs. Mansfield[4] and I have recalled to-day that a year ago we were in London, having great enjoyment in seeing you and visiting your studio. Our delight in bringing away the little "Forget me not[5]" has merged into an increasing enjoyment of the picture.

With cordial greeting from Mrs. Mansfield and Miss Margaret[6], I am
Faithfully yours,

Howard Mansfield

Mr. J. McN. Whi[stler][7]

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1.  Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

2.  Venice
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5), and A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6), were among etchings shown at Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901.

3.  (p. 2)
The printed letterhead is repeated at the top of this sheet.

4.  Mrs. Mansfield
Mrs Howard Mansfield, wife of the print collector.

5.  Forget me not
Blue and Silver: Forget-me-not (M.1090).

6.  Miss Margaret
Margaret Mansfield, daughter of Howard Mansfield.

7.  [stler]
Minor loss of text due to a tear in the page.