The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887
Record 19 of 23

System Number: 00368
Date: [6/7 December 1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Florence Boughton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B145
Document Type: ALS[3]


Flossie! Where are you? -

Why were you not all of you at my Private View[4] the other day?

What have I done? -

Have you seen my correspondence with the Times in last Saturdays Pall Mall?[5]

Make George[6] get you the Pall Mall Budget [p. 2] which comes out I believe on thursday, and read 'Mr. Whistler & the Times', where you will find an account of my raid upon Printing House Square[7]! - my sacking the place and carrying off for execution Mr. Buckle and his man Humphrey Ward[8]!! -

Since the days of Stonewall Jackson[9] there is nothing so brilliant - and you are to have no undue tender sympathies with the 'plain person' Hump'h'rey! -

Always devotedly
with love to all

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [6/7 December 1886]
This refers to articles published on 4 and 9 December 1886 (see below).

2.  Florence Boughton
Florence ('Flossie') Boughton (b.1863, m.1887), Mrs J. C. Montagu Robb [more].

3.  ALS
Written at right-angles to printed address.

4.  Private View
Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887.

5.  Times in last Saturdays Pall Mall?
Pall Mall Gazette, 4 December 1886 (see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 42, B. 43, J. 119.

6.  George
George Henry Boughton (1833-1905), painter [more].

7.  Printing House Square
The address of the Times.

8.  Buckle and his man Humphrey Ward
George Earl Buckle (1854-1935), editor of the Times from 1884-1912 [more], and Thomas Humphrey Ward (1845-1926), journalist and author [more]

9.  Stonewall Jackson
Thomas Jonathan ('Stonewall') Jackson (1824-1863), Confederate Lt. General [more].