The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900
Record 20 of 41

System Number: 08564
Date: [18/25 June 1900][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

The Outlook[4] has never come -

There must have been some mistake - probably they forgot to post it -

I enclose list of English medals (from Morning Post[5], Saturdays) - You see there is no Menpes[6] -

Do tell Pawling[7] that from me I shall [p. 2] be much pleased if he has the sketch of my Brother[8] carried through this week -

A ce soir[9]!

Of course the prepared window last night very nearly brought about destruction had it not been for my prompt action & immediate Eucalyptus[10] -

[butterfly signature]

[presscutting enclosed:] THE PARIS EXHIBITION[11]. [...]

This document is protected by copyright.


William Heinemann Esq.
21. Bedford Street
Covent Garden


1.  [18/25 June 1900?]
This must date from shortly after the enclosed press-cutting; as the article was published on Saturday 16 June 1900, the letter was probably written during the following week.

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

3.  ALS
Deep mourning border.

4.  Outlook
A journal, not located.

5.  Morning Post
'The Paris Exhibition', Morning Post, 16 June 1900. The article is dated as having been filed by the correspondent on the previous day (Friday 15 June 1900).

6.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

7.  Pawling
Sidney Southgate Pawling (d. 1922), business partner of the publisher W. H. Heinemann [more].

8.  sketch of my Brother
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more]; he had died in February.

9.  A ce soir
Fr., until this evening.

10.  Eucalyptus
A pungent leaf, used to alleviate colds; JW was worried about his health.

Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900. JW was awarded a gold medal for painting and another for etching, although his name does not appear on the list. He makes no reference, however, to a medal of honour awarded to Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], by the jury of engraving, as reported in the article he encloses.