The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 01677
Date: [28 February 1889[1]]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Robert Walker[2]
Place: [Glasgow]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G43
Document Type: ALd

[...] or did Mr. Kirkpatrick[3] for the joy of seeing from a congenial sense of mischief, lay this trap[4] for the Critic, into which the simple creature was sure to tumble? - In this case thank him for me - the awkward antics of the flo[u]ndering ones in trouble give me still pleasure, though a little blasé perhaps with that kind of amusement - and I fancy it would at least be a change to send the forger or the dealer or both to the galleys -

Therefore again I beg that the Committee will kindly help me in the pursuit of this Piggott[5] of pictures -

[p. 2] or did Mr K. himself, lay for the simple critic this trap [with?] into which he could not fail to fall into?

for the joy of seeing the simple


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1.  28 February 1889
This is a partial draft of #03527.

2.  Robert Walker
Robert Walker (ca 1841 - d.1900), Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts [more].

3.  Mr. Kirkpatrick
Andrew J. Kirkpatrick (d. 1900), merchant and collector, Chairman, Council of the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts [more].

4.  this trap
Anon., Dream of Morning off Gravesend(z207) was exhibited as by JW at the 28th Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, 1889, (cat. no. 472).

5.  Piggott
Richard Pigott (ca 1828 - d.1889), journalist and forger [more].