The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 5th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895
Record 7 of 13

System Number: 07815
Date: [15/22 October 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/6/3
Document Type: ALS

Royal Lion - Lyme Regis -

Some of the new things[3] are charming if you will - that is they have come out as I meant they should - nearly - - The others have not come off the stone so well - — I have sent a new one - We shall see -

I dont know what you meant when you said you had "never seen anything like" the "Carmen[4]" -

If you go into the Grosvenor you will see the Miss Alexander[5]. That is like the Carmen - exactly - So is the Nocturne[6] you are going to reproduce - So is the picture[7] in the Luxembourg Gallery - and so is the portrait[8] that was at Goupils lately - only that the Carmen is finer - It will of course take years for the[9] people to find this out! -

[butterfly signature]

[p. 2] To
Joseph Pennell. Esq -
14. Buckingham Street -
Strand -

I dont see much inducement for having a show of Lithographs in London - do you? -

What is your notion? Where would you have it? and why? -

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1.  [15/22 October 1895]
Dated by the reference to an exhibition. The date '[1895]' has been added at the top of the letter in an unknown hand.

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  new things
Lithographs of Lyme Regis; JW was in fact to have an exhibition of these, Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895.

4.  Carmen
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441) was on show at the 5th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895.

5.  Miss Alexander
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) was not at the Grosvenor Gallery, but in the exhibition, Fair Children, Grafton Galleries, London, 1895.

6.  Nocturne
Pennell wished to have a lithograph by JW to illustrate an article.

7.  picture
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), which had been bought by the French Government and was in the Musée du Luxembourg.

8.  portrait
Possibly Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter (YMSM 122) had been in the show, A Connoisseur's Treasures, Goupil Gallery, London, 1895.

9.  for the
'for the', the text continues in the left margin at right angles to the main text.