The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exposition Internationale de Peinture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1883
Record 8 of 10

System Number: 08106
Date: [November/December 1884?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: William Booth Pearsall[2]
Place: [Dublin]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/40/2
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr. Pearsall -

I regret that I cannot accept your kind and very flattering invitation to the opening Concert[3], but I find that it would be impossible for me to leave London during this next month -

I hope however to visit you in January, and believe I may undertake then to make one or perhaps two lectures[4] as you propose -

As the time approaches I will let you know, that it may be announced in the papers -

Meanwhile, though I had a year or two ago quite [p. 2] an Exhibition in Paris[5], you may certainly say that I have never sent such a large collection of works to any gallery in the 'United Kingdom', out of London -

The arrangement and hanging of the pictures, I am sure you will manage perfectly - and upon the whole it is just as well that I could not send the drapery from Bond Street (where it is still in use at Messrs. Dowdeswells[6]) for it would perhaps have only interfered with the ensemble of your room, and cut it up too much -

I am quite charmed dear Mr Pearsall at the strong interest and sympathy you have shown, and I mean to come over to Dublin if only to thank you for all the trouble you have taken -

Very sincerely Yours

J McNeill Whistler

13. Tite Street. Chelsea.

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1.  [November/December 1884?]
Dated by reference to exhibition (see below).

2.  William Booth Pearsall
William Booth Pearsall (1845-1913), dentist, Dublin exhibition organiser [more], Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures, and Photography, Dublin Sketching Club, Leinster Hall, Dublin, 1884.

3.  opening Concert
Not identified.

4.  two lectures
JW first delivered the Ten O'Clock Lecture in London in February 1885, but never went to Dublin to deliver it.

5.  Exhibition in Paris
Possibly Exposition Internationale de Peinture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1883. The previous substantial showing of his work had been in [Exposition], Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1873.

6.  Messrs. Dowdeswells
C. W. or one of his sons, Charles and Walter Dowdeswell, of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers.