The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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

System Number: 00261
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 B36a
Document Type: ALd

[Drawing of a Nocturne[3]]

Dear Sir -

After a long absence, I have found here, forwarded from England, your most courteous letter - informing me of this further great distinction so graciously conferred upon me by His Royal Highness the Prince Regent[4] of Bavaria -

The Jewel insignia of the third class of the Royal Order of Merit of St Michael has also reached me - and I have lost no time in obtaining, from London, the Order that of the fourth Class previously bestowed upon me - which I return to the Embassy as requested -

May I beg that Your Pray present my respectful compliments to His Excellency the German Ambassador[5] & beg hi my request that he will kindly convey to His Royal Highness, my high esteem sense of the rare recognition I receive at his hands, and say how greatly touched I am by[6] this continued expression of sympathy coming from a Court acknowledged as one of the great Art Centres of precious to me are these graceful honours that Bavaria - coming from Bavaria extended to me by Bavaria - and how precious to me is this continued sympathy coming from a Court acknowledged as one of the Great Art Centres of Europ[e]. -

I have the honour, Sir,
the honour to be
Your obedient Servant.

J— - .

[Three drawings[7]]

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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). On the verso of this sheet appears a letter draft; see #13544.

2.  Paul von Hatzfeld-Wildenburg
Count Paul von Hatzfeldt-Wildenburg (1831-1901), German ambassador to Britain [more]. A first draft of JW's letter is #01653.

3.  Nocturne
A frame and five paintings (M.1343). One of the works may be Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145).

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

5.  German Ambassador
See note above.

6.  greatly touched I am by
These words were crossed through, but then reinstated by means of a dotted underline.

7.  Three drawings
Drawing of a gallery interior and two Nocturnes. One of the works shown may be Nocturne: Blue and Gold - St Mark's, Venice (YMSM 213). The gallery walls may be a plan of Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892, in which these oils were hung.