Documents associated with: 63rd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886
Record 2 of 12
System Number: 08124
Date: [27 March 1886]
Recipient: Captain Eyre Massey Shaw
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/54/1
Document Type: ALS
27 MAR. 86
454. Fulham Road
by Walham Green
Dear Capt. Shaw -
I am woefully busy - getting ready for these exhibitions of mine - but you know Dieu 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
1. [27 March 1886]
Date of receipt from rubber date stamp.
3. '26 ... Shaw
Written in another hand in upper left-hand corner of sheet.
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).