Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1892
Record 1 of 8
System Number: 05133
Date: 16 June 1892
Author: Alexander Reid
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R32
Document Type: ALS
LA SOCIÉTÉ DES BEAUX-ARTS.
GLASGOW: 227 WEST GEORGE STREET
PARIS: 6 PLACE D'ANVERS.
16th June 1892
Dear Mr Whistler.
I need not say the "Princesse" has been the admired of all here (of the Artistic all I mean) & has won for you the enthusiastic advocacy of not a few whom the Carlyle impressed but failed to cheer.
I have been revelling in the honour & glory of showing the picture but am rudely interrupted by Mr Prange requesting it for the Portrait Soc:
Mr Prange's hopes would certainly have received a douche had he not sent me this morning your telegram. The only thing left for me is to pose as a martyr, [p. 2] & to note that the portrait Society are very much my debtors:
At present my tastes are decid[ed]ly Whistlerian & the Princesse has not sickened me a bit.
What about the "Lady Archibald" - is she still to the fore but I daresay she will stand too much on her dignity to go for an "old song"
Br[i]ef I would not mind entering into the same arrangement about her as I did about the "Fur Cloak" were such a scheme agreable, to the distinguished painter (& owner.).
The favour of Mr Whistler's reply would greatly oblige his devoué
I wrote to Potter Palmer Brown's hotel Paris but my letter came back "not found"