The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Record 27 of 58

System Number: 00212
Date: [27 April 1889][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Editor, The Athenaeum[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A211
Document Type: ALdf


I leave to your comment the fact that in this instance the act is committed with the tacit consent of a body of gentlemen officially styled "Artists", at the instigation of their President[3], as he unblushingly acknowledges & I will[4] here distinctly state that the "notice board of the Royal Society of British Artists" did not "bear on a red ground in letters of gold, the title of the Society" - and that "to this Mr Whistler during his Presidency" did not "add with his own hand a decorative device of a lion and a butterfly". - This damning evidence, though in principle irrelevant, - for what becomes of the soul of a "Diocesan member of the Council of Clapham" is, artistically, a matter of small moment - I nevertheless bring forward, as the only one, as I now find, that will at present be at all considered or even understood -

The "notice board" was of the particular

[p. 2] 'The Royal Society of British Artists and their defaced sign board[5]

To the Editor of The New York Herald[6].


Thanks to your courtesy in publishing the correspondence upon this' [...]

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1.  [27 April 1889]
Date of publication of complete letter (see #00011).

2.  Editor, The Athenaeum

3.  President
Wyke Bayliss (1835-1906), painter and architect [more].

4.  will
Written over 'with'.

5.  The Royal Society
'The Royal ... sign board' is double underlined. The incomplete draft on this page was written by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

6.  The New York Herald
The same letter, when completed, was sent to several newspapers (see Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 226). See also #00011.