The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 13188
Date: 19 January 1889
Author: William Stott of Oldham[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: New York Herald[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]


An account of the fracas at the Hogarth Club between myself and Mr. Whistler has appeared in your paper. No one will be surprised to see that Mr. Whistler has once more slain a man.

The autobiography of Mr. Whistler's strong arm is always diverting.

Lest, however, it should in this instance, be convincing as well, I request your permission to state the plain truth.

I did address to Mr. Whistler the expressions cited in his letter, and, for the sake of the Hogarth Club, I deeply regret it.

The feelings with which I hope the very sight of Mr. Whistler will always inspire me, for the moment overpowered my self-control. I have no other excuse to make.

I am not concerned to defend these expressions here, for they refer to a private matter. If I were, I could point in justification of one of them to the account of the occurrence in Mr. Whistler's letter.

All who happen to be acquainted with the difference in physique between Mr. Whistler [p. 2] and myself will judge for themselves of the probability of his ridiculous version of what followed.

To those who are, at the same time, acquainted with the difference between us in other respects, it must be quite unnecessary to say one word.

In truth, Mr. Whistler took his lesson more gently than I could have expected, and, if he can find any satisfaction to his wounded honour in the method of his protest against it - such as it really was - he is not difficult to please. I, for my part, am heartily content.


of Oldham.

Paris Edition, N. Y. Herald,

Jan. 19, 1889.

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1.  William Stott of Oldham
William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900), genre and landscape painter [more].

2.  New York Herald
A letter from JW was published in the New York Herald, 10 January 1889 (see #12790, and Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 55).

3.  PLc
Transcribed as published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, pp. 181-82.