The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 13189
Date: [22 January 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Editor, New York Herald[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]


I have just read Mr. Stott of Oldham's[4] 'version' of what he recognises to have been an 'unpleasantness' in the Hogarth Club.

Mr. Stott of Oldham makes much of his superior size, and points out that if it could have been true that I had slapped him and kicked him, I should really have slapped and kicked a much larger man than myself.

Permit me, here, to refer you to my letter to the committee of the club, which is unrelenting upon this point, and to hand to you, herewith, a copy of the letter that Mr. John Reid[5], the only witness of the facts, also wrote immediately to the committee of the club.

'To the Committee of the Hogarth Club, Gentlemen, - I have seen the letter written by Mr. Whistler to you. Its contents are quite true, and I think that Mr. Stott of Oldham must either apologise to Mr. Whistler (he has done so to me) or he must retire from the club. I may mention that I advised him to do so at the time - make an apology. - Gentlemen, I remain, yours truly,


[p. 2] Mr. Stott of Oldham was surely unaware of the existence of this letter when he ventured to construct for himself a position in print, and, of all papers, fatally selected your widely-circulated journal.

'I, for my part,' says Mr. Stott of Oldham, in peaceful conclusion, 'am heartily content;' and I have, so far, had every reason to believe him.


Paris Edition N. Y. Herald,

Jan. 24 [sic], 1889.

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1.  [22 January 1889]
Dated in publication (see below).

2.  Editor, New York Herald
JW's letter to the editor, dated 22 January 1889, was published under the title "The Hogarth Club 'Unpleasantness.' " New York Herald (Paris edition), 27 January 1889 (copy in GUL Whistler pc16, p. 64). The same text in French, dated 25 January 1889, was published under the heading 'Theatres et Beaux-Arts - L'lncident Whistler-Stott.' in l'Indépendance Belge, 28 January 1889 (GUL Whistler pc16, p. 65). It was also reprinted in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 16 February 1889 and in the New York Times, 21 March 1889.

3.  PLc
The text has been transcribed as published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, ed. Sheridan Ford, Paris, 1890, pp. 183-184, where it is incorrectly dated as having been printed on 24 January.

4.  Mr. Stott of Oldham's
William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900), genre and landscape painter [more]. His letter is #13188.

5.  Mr. John Reid
John Robertson Reid (1851-1926), genre, landscape and marine painter [more].