Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899
Record 17 of 54
System Number: 09959
Date: [28 April 1899]
Recipient: John Lavery
Repository: Tate Gallery Archives
Call Number: Lavery Collection, TGA 7245/272
Document Type: ALS
My dear Lavery -
I enclose some text and quotation I want put at once into the revised Edition of Catalogue as it comes out - and of course also in the larger Edition -
A propos of this, what do you [p. 2] say to the Admiral's distinguishing himself as he seems to have done! -
Let me hear -
and with the most charming remembrances of my visit to you,
J McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac -
[p. 3] To come after 13
3 8 in Catalogue
Times of the moment of the 'Symphony in White' and 'Miss Alexander' - :
"His portrait of Miss Alexander is certainly one of the strangest and most excentric [sic] specimens of portraiture.... We should imagine he had merely made a sketch and left it, before the colours were dry, in a room where the chimney sweep's
are were at work..."
"A child's portrait ... uncompromisingly vulgar." -
"Before such pictures as the full length portraits by Mr Whistler, critic and spectator are alike puzzled! ..... After all, there are certain canons about what constitutes good drawing, good colour, and good painting, and when an artist deliberately sets himself to ignore or violate all of these, it is desirable that his work should not be classed with that of ordinary artists." (sic!) The Times
"Other Times, other lines!"
J. McN. W.
The underlined in italics - the rest in small print but not the very smallest. 'Brevier'
John Lavery Esq
5 - Cromwell Place
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 5 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmarks x 3:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / F 28 / AVRIL / 99
[postmark on verso:] SOUTH KENSINGTON. S. W. / 9 AM / AP 29 99 / 3
[postmark on verso:] LONDON / 34 / 7 30 AM / AP 29 / 99
1. [28 April 1899]
Dated from the postmark.
Written on deep bordered mourning paper. The paper of p. 3 has been heavily folded.
The catalogue of the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899.
7. in any capacity whatever
8. in Catalogue
The lines 'To come after ... in Catalogue' are written in the top margin.
11. very smallest. 'Brevier'
The lines "The underlined ... very smallest. 'Brevier'" are encircled and written in the left-hand margin. 'Brevier' is in another hand; it is a variety of type font used for printing.