The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Künstler-Genossenschaft, Munich, 1891
Record 8 of 9

System Number: 01653
Date: [20/30 January 1892?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Paul von Hatzfeld-Wildenburg[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G19
Document Type: ALd

Dear Sir -

After a long absence, I have found here forwarded from London England, your most courteous letter, forwarded to me from London - together with the insignia of the informing me of the further great distinction so graciously conferred upon me by His Royal Highness the Prince Regent[3] of Bavaria - -

The Insignia Jewel of the 3rd class of the Royal Order of Merit of St Miguelchael has also in its case has reached me, too and I have lost no time in obtaining from London the Order of the 4th Class previously bestowed upon me by His Royal Highness - which I send return to the Embassy as requested -

May I beg that his Excellency the German Ambassador[4] will kindly convey to His Royal Highness my extreme high sense of the rare honour recognition I receive at his hands - and say that this continued insistance of the graceful honours that come to me from Bavaria is most how greatly touched I am by this continued expression of sympathy[5] - coming from a Court acknowledged as one of the Great Art centres, of Europe is to me most pleasing, and crowning as it were the The graceful honours that Bavaria has extended to me, fills me with To me nothing is more

As a As an Artist Nothing in my career To me in my career as an Artist no

I beg to enclose dear Sir the signed
Revers and have the honour to be
Dear Sir
Your obt. sert.

J -

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1.  [20/30 January 1892?]
Dated by the reference to Bavarian honours awarded as a result of JW's exhibits in the Kϋnstler-Genossenschaft, Munich, 1891 (see #04212).

2.  Paul von Hatzfeld-Wildenburg
Count Paul von Hatzfeldt-Wildenburg (1831-1901), German ambassador to Britain [more]. A second draft of JW's letter is #00261.

3.  Prince Regent
Karl Joseph Wilhelm Ludwig Luitpold (1821-1912), Prince Regent of Bavaria [more].

4.  the German Ambassador
See above.

5.  sympathy
Re-instated by a dotted underline, as is the following deleted line 'is to me most pleasing'.