The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898
Record 14 of 87

System Number: 04581
Date: [10 April 1898][1]
Author: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P221
Document Type: ALS



Cher Maitre.

Ludovici[3] turned up yesterday with his report[;] certainly with your aid, he has done wonders.

Lavery[4] is writing you about the meeting & so I need not go into details,

The people at Bryn Mawr I hear [p. 2] have written you asking if you will undertake the portrait of Miss Thomas[5] the Dean, or something of that Institution, she is a Baltimore person, I have never seen her, but you will immortalize her.

You will not, object to your name on the Committee of the Society of Arts [p. 3] Shannon C. H.[6] and me[7], are really the Committee and we want to get up a decent Show[8].

It will amuse you to know that the Pointers[9] Lintons[10] and Sambournes[11] have ignored the Show[12] (International for which favour, let us be [p. 4] thankful. But you must come over, really we cant do without you.

Ludovici says you are better, so do come, just as soon as you can.

Kennedy[13] says after months, that he will be here on the first of May, and we will have a celebration,


J Pennell

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1.  [10 April 1898]
According to the almanac, 10 April 1898 was a Sunday. The letter is dated from the reference to A. Ludovici's return from Paris (see Ludovici to JW, #02290)

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Sr (1820-1894), genre painter [more].

4.  Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more], Vice President of the recently formed International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

5.  Miss Thomas
Martha Carey Thomas (1857-1935), classicist and second president of Bryn Mawr College [more]; the portrait never materialised, and no other references to it have been located.

6.  Shannon C. H.
Charles Hazlewood Shannon (1863-1937), painter and lithographer [more].

7.  me
Double underlined.

8.  decent Show
The Centenary Loan Exhibition of Lithographs at the South Kensington Museum, to commemorate Alois Senefelder (1771-1834), inventor [more]. The Society of Arts was the first public body to recognise Senefelder's invention in Britain (see #05504). JW sent several lithographs (see A. J. R. Trendell to JW, #05521).

9.  Pointers
Edward John Poynter (1836-1919), history and genre painter [more].

10.  Lintons
Sir James Dromgole Linton (1840-1916), genre and watercolour painter [more].

11.  Sambournes
Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910), Punch caricaturist [more].

12.  Show
The Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, the first exhibition organised by the ISSPG.

13.  Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. J. Pennell wrote to E. G. Kennedy regarding the visit, #09782.