Documents associated with: [Exhibition], Société des XX (Vingt), Brussels, 1888
Record 1 of 18
System Number: 07902
Date: [9/16 January 1884]
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Charles William Deschamps
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/24/4
Document Type: ALS
14. Barnoon Terrace. St Ives. Cornwall.
I am very greatly delighted with you my dear Deschamps, for doing all this so well for me - and I enclose the two letters from Mons. Maus - but then you see he doesn't send his address! - and the early and important letters I have of course mislaid - However you say you have written - therefore you must have found the whole thing out -
Let me know the exact date fixed for the reception of the pictures at Brussels -
Mons. Maus ought to have the titles for the [p. 2] catalogue - but let us put off sending them until the last moment - for I have not as yet heard from Chapman about his Nocturne - and then there might be the portrait of Lady Meux - though I doubt it -
What about Mr Graham. Grosvenor Place, - he has a Nocturne of mine - tall - arch of Battersea bridge - with falling rocket - you know - Mr Graham would lend it - Probably it is at Bethnal Green - in which case he would give you a letter to get it out at once -
Now I am off to my work -
You must let me know if you see anything in view for the big Game I talked to you about -
When I get back I shall show you 'Various'. . ! -
Keep me au courant mind as you promise -
With many thanks
I find the post brings your note with Huth's - also
a note from your clerk saying that etchings & frames have been delivered to you & asking for instructions -
In my letter to you I told you all about these - they are to go unglazed, for safety - and to be of course glazed when they reach the Société - .
I am telegraphing to ladies to call at your place to see pictures as I told you -
After all the letters from Maus are not to the point[.] They say nothing and I have come to the Post Office without them! -
3. two letters from Mons. Maus
These letters have not been located. Octave Maus (1856-1919), advocate, writer and art critic [more], was the moving force behind the Société des XX. He had written to invite JW to contribute to their first exhibition in 1884. JW was again invited to participate in 1888, but the opposition of James Ensor prevented his election to membership. Works exhibited were Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61), Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103), Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203), Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) and Venice etchings.
6. portrait of Lady Meux
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more]. JW wrote to her asking for Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229). It was not lent to Brussels, but shown in Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures, and Photography, Dublin Sketching Club, Leinster Hall, Dublin, 1884 later in the year (#07928).
Small scale works in oil and watercolour of St Ives, the sea and landscapes of Cornwall (see YMSM 263-288; M.915-921).
11. au courant
Fr., up to date.