The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: II Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia,Venice, 1897
Record 5 of 8

System Number: 05940
Date: [July/September 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Antonio Fradeletto[2]
Place: [Venice]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V29
Document Type: ALdI[3]

Dear Sir -

May I beg that you will present my compliments to his Excellency the Mayor[4], and my apologies for a long silence of apparently an inexcusable nature in return for the many courtesies I have received from the authorities and my brother artists of Venice -

For the last year and a half, I [p. 2] [have] been overwhelmed with the anxieties of the continued prolonged illness of my wife[5] - which to my great unhappiness All other matters during that period of continued absence and travel, remaining unheeded -

It was her especial wish that I should recognise by every way in my the by any return in my power the distinctions conferred upon me, that had given her such pleasure - and I therefore now, however tardily, beg to say how highly sensible I am of the honour high compliment conveyed in the wish expressed by the Mayor, that my name be placed on the list of my distinguished confreres as one of the Committee of the forthcoming Exhibition[6] -

I ho wish therefore to express my thanks, and to accept the honour of serving in that capacity - If too late for official purposes, I trust that I may cause no disarrangement of in the printed lists - and that at least my acknowledgments will may be recieved [sic] [with] my sincere regrets.

And I have the honour to be
dear Sir
Your obedient Ser[van]t


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1.  [July/September 1896]
This letter, with its deep mourning border, was evidently written after the death of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more] (10 May 1896). It may be a belated response to Fradeletto's letter, #05939, and arrived (if indeed it was ever completed and sent) too late for JW's name to be added to the Committee.

2.  Antonio Fradeletto
Antonio Fradeletto (1858-1930), literary historian, art critic and writer, radical politician, and general secretary of the Venice Biennale [more].

3.  ALdI
The paper has a mourning border.

4.  Mayor
Comte Filippo Grimani (1850-1921), Mayor of Venice, President of the Internation Art Exhibition of the City of Venice [more]. See also his letter inviting JW to exhibit, #05936.

5.  wife
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

6.  Exhibition
Second International Art Exhibition of Venice, 1897.