Documents associated with: Etchings of Venice, The Fine Art Society, London, 1880
Record 4 of 15
System Number: 07974
Date: [28/29 November 1880]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish
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 pipe making in the place -
I have supposed that the Private View 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 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 -
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?
November 28th or 29th
1. [28/29 November 1880]
Dated from date endorsement on p. 3, perhaps in the hand of M. B. Huish.
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.
Robertson, a social acquaintance of JW.
13. J. Whistler ... 1880
Written in another hand.