Documents associated with: 8th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1884
Record 8 of 14
System Number: 07872
Date: [18/20 June 1884?]
Recipient: Joseph Edgar Boehm
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3/21/15
Document Type: ALS
Above all let me congratulate you upon the honours which I hear, with great pleasure, have come to you - Lieber Spuch! - I have seen nothing of you - and you know I always look forward to a word of sympathy from you when I concoct little brown paper pamphlets! - Do tell me what you think of my catalogue this time - the preface I mean - and also what you think of the tiny Show itself -
But above all do write me a line [p. 2] or two and tell me what indeed do you think of the Portrait in the Grosvenor of Lady Archie?
badly they have hung it have n't they - still if you stand in the other gallery, on the farthest side, and look through the door at the picture - then you will see how beautifully she stands away from the infernal vulgar stuff about her on the walls - Do sit down for a moment and tell me what you think of all this - I should be so really pleased to hear you like them -
And now one more matter -
I want to persuade you to look in upon me on Sunday afternoon next - at from 4, till 5 or 6 o'clock that I may show something that I have been doing lately - Do come -
Also again! - I want you to come and breakfast on the Sunday after - the 29th - at 12.30 -
Always my dear Spuch
13. Tite Street.
1. [18/20 June 1884?]
According to the almanack, there was a Sunday 'the 29th' in June 1884. This invitation was written shortly before the previous Sunday 22 June 1884.
Written in right margin, in another hand.
5. Lieber Spuch
Ger., 'Dear Spuch' - a nickname.
7. Portrait in the Grosvenor of Lady Archie
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242), which was shown in 8th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1884 (cat. no. 192). JW's advice to look at the portrait from a distance through a door suggests he thought of it as an exhibition picture, to be viewed under certain conditions.