The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 3rd Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1888
Record 46 of 53

System Number: 00769
Date: 14 November [1888][1]
Author: George Henry Cadogan[2]
Place: Munich
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C270
Document Type: ALS

[embossed crest with dragon's head]


November 14.

Dear Mr. Whistler -

You will I am afraid put me down as a bad correspondent, as I have shown no signs of life -

The truth is that I can find out nothing here - The Exhibition[3] is closed & Paulus[4] is very busy, partly in packing & returning pictures, partly in inevitable legal disputes, and partly in reflecting on the joys of the £3,500 which represents his commission [p. 2] on the whole business!

[drawings of three rabbits[5]]

However I am sure that your name has been proposed[6] and accepted; but when you will be officially dubbed is more than I can tell you.

I also see that you have been elected an honorary member of the Munich Academy[7].

I am delighted at both these facts, in which I see an effort on the part of Munich to vindicate its pretensions to good taste!

Yrs very truly

Henry Cadogan.

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1.  14 November [1888]
Dated by reference to the Munich Exhibition (see below).

2.  George Henry Cadogan
George Henry Cadogan (1840-1915), 5th Earl of Cadogan, politician and diplomat [more]. JW, on 19 October, had asked C. J. W. Hanson to find out details of Cadogan's position (#10526).

3.  Exhibition
3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888.

4.  Paulus
Adolf Paulus (b. 1851), business manager of the Kϋnstlergenossenschaft and instigator of the Munich Secession in 1893 [more].

5.  drawings of three rabbits
Rabbits drawn the opposite way up to the letter, at top right of the page, not by JW.

6.  your name has been proposed
JW was awarded the Cross of St. Michael of Bavaria.

7.  Munich Academy
JW had been elected as Honorary Member (see #04424 and #05216).