Documents associated with: Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881
Record 20 of 49
21, WELLINGTON STREET, STRAND, W. C.
February 2nd 1881.
My dear Mr Whistler -
I saw Huish last night who was much shocked at the sad news which I had to convey to him - & desired me to express his sorrow & condolence to you - He also gave me the enclosed which personally is perhaps not unsatisfactory - George Sala has been up & Brown tells me that he seemed delighted with them saying something about a "leader" which would be very nice -
Duré assures me that there is no immediate haste for the illustration as he knows not when the article will appear -
By the bye Huish has asked me to write one for the Art journal - It is a rash thing for an illiterate to attempt - but I have a notion or two which may perhaps be pulled into shape -
Miss Franklin came this morning, of course greatly distressed at the loss you have sustained - and most anxious about you -
She talked much about your [p. 3] dear Mother & the character which she drew fills up exactly what I had conceived from frequent study of the portrait - It is indeed a sad deprivation for you - but remember my dear Whistler - that she is not lost, but only gone before -
Elden has just come in consequence of a Telegram from me - He has been suffering & is so still from cold & lumbago - which prevented his coming on Saturday - Of course I need not tell you how heartily his sympathies are with you both in your success & sorrow -
You have known him too long to doubt his feelings [p. 4] although he hides them sometimes not wisely.
Good bye My dear Whistler[.] Give my kindest regards to your Brother and believe me to be always
Published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, p. 37, no. 8.
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more]. JW's exhibition of pastels Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881 had just opened on 29 January.
5. George Sala
George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), artist, journalist and critic [more]. While Sala does not seem to have written anything himself, a review of the Venice pastels by Godfrey Turner did appear in The Daily Telegraph, for which he was a regular columnist. See Anon., 'Venice Pastels,' The Daily Telegraph, 5 February 1881. See also G. Turner to M. B. Huish, #05868.
Francis Cowley Burnand (1836-1917), barrister, dramatist and journalist [more]. An article in Punchappeared shortly afterwards. See Anon., 'Mr. Whistler's Wenice; or, Pastels by Pastelthwaite,' Punch, LXXX, 12 February 1881, p. 69.
Probably a misspelling of Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more]. On 2 February 1881, Duret wrote to JW concerning an article he was writing for the Gazette des beaux-arts, and the illustration JW had undertaken to provide (see T. Duret to JW, #00984). Duret's article eventually appeared in April. See Duret, Théodore, 'James Whistler,' Gazette des Beaux-arts, vol. 23, April 1881, pp. 365-69, pp. 365-69.
10. Art journal
In March 1881, an anonymous article appeared in Art Journal. It is likely that Way was involved in some way given its positive tone. See Anon., 'Art Notes and Reviews,' The Art Journal vol. 33, no. 231, March 1881, p. 93.