The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: International Exhibition, Edinburgh, 1886
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System Number: 08124
Date: [27 March 1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Captain Eyre Massey Shaw[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/54/1
Document Type: ALS


'[Captain?] Shaw'

27 MAR. 86

454. Fulham Road
by Walham Green

Dear Capt. Shaw -

I am woefully busy - getting ready for these exhibitions[4] of mine - but you know Dieu[5] propose, et la femme dispose! - So if you will bring the ladies here on Sunday afternoon at 4.30 - to 5. I shall be too pleased to see you - Did you not get my note? -

I told you that your letters had been [p. 2] forwarded here - to my new address -

and it is here that I shall expect you on Sunday - (454. Fulham Road.)

Very Sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler

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1.  [27 March 1886]
Date of receipt from rubber date stamp.

2.  Captain Eyre Massey Shaw
Captain Eyre Massey Shaw (1830-after 1898), army officer and fire-fighting expert [more].

3.  '26 ... Shaw
Written in another hand in upper left-hand corner of sheet.

4.  exhibitions
The 63rd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886 had just opened in Suffolk Street. JW's solo exhibition, 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886 opened in May; the International Exhibition, Edinburgh, 1886 on 6 May; and the Jubilee Art Exhibition, Academy of Arts, Berlin, 1886, on 15 May. JW's works at Dowdeswell's included Blue and Grey: Dieppe (YMSM 331), and Grey and Brown: The Sad Sea Shore (YMSM 330).

5.  Dieu ... dispose
Fr., God proposes but woman disposes, a version of 'man proposes, but God disposes', from Kempis, Thomas à, The Imitation of Christ, pt. 1, ch. 19 (written c. 1426, published 1486).