The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Etchings of Venice, The Fine Art Society, London, 1880
Record 4 of 15

System Number: 07974
Date: [28/29 November 1880][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/19
Document Type: ALS

Look here my dear Huish I have not taken all this trouble for you in order that the people should 'be amused' by either any printing tricks or spun glass or meerschaum[3] pipe making in the place -

I have supposed that the Private View[4] was meant seriously - and if it is to be a fiasco it will certainly become one if every thing do [sic] not make way for the object itself -

Never mind about my part of the business - I know exactly where and how the etchings are to be put up - If they are ready they shall be hung tonight [p. 2] no matter how late - if not, tomorrow morning no matter how early -

If in short you intend to have Goulding[5] fidgeting about the place tomorrow - I will give up the whole thing - I will not have the matter ruined like this - Fancy at this moment telling me that because he is engaged he must come! - You had better lose no time in getting the two presses out of the way in order that there may be room for the people -

J Whistler

There are a good many more to come yet -

How in Gods name have you looked at the whole thing yourself all along? - Is it a farce or is it not?

[p. 3] 4th Decr
Miss Thackeray[7]

'J. Whistler[13].
Decr 1880.
November 28th or 29th

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1.  [28/29 November 1880]
Dated from date endorsement on p. 3, perhaps in the hand of M. B. Huish.

2.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  meerschaum
Ger: literally 'sea froth.'

4.  Private View
A reference to Etchings of Venice, The Fine Art Society, London, 1880. Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5) were to be on view for the first time.

5.  Goulding
Frederick Goulding (1842-1909), printer and print-maker [more].

6.  Renton
Renton, unidentified.

7.  Miss Thackeray
Anne Isabella Ritchie (1837-1919), née Thackeray, pseudonym 'Miss Thackeray', writer [more].

8.  Robertson
Robertson, a social acquaintance of JW.

9.  Robinson
Perhaps Robinson, possibly a journalist, unidentified [more].

10.  Jeffery
Jeffery, unidentified.

11.  Sandys
Perhaps Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904), portrait painter and designer [more].

12.  Davis
Possibly James Davis (1853-1907), dramatic author and journalist ('Owen Hall'), editor and proprietor of The Bat [more].

13.  J. Whistler ... 1880
Written in another hand.