The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 02303
Date: 21 April 1898
Author: John Lavery[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I43
Document Type: ALS

S. W.

April 21st 1898

Dear Mr. Whistler,

Our Hon. Secretary[2] complaining of overwork the pleasure of acknowledging your letter to The Committee has been deligated to me -

We are very sorry to know that you still suffer from influenza and hope the good weather will drive [p. 2] it off.

Mr Shannon[3] happened by a mistake not of his own making to be absent from last meeting and was unable to come to night. We welcome cordially your just claim for our Society that we are an aristocratic body as you say we cannot be opposed to other exhibiting [p. 3] institutions in London or for the matter of that in Scotland either or what about Guthrie[4] Walton[5] & myself. It would be a coup were Shannon to resign the Burlington body[.] We are afraid however that the solving of the bread & butter problem will be a consideration and the possibility that there may be no ship for him next year. Admiral Maxse[6] is good for this [p. 4] one.

Every thing promises exceedingly well and the success you have had with Durand Ruel[7] is greatly appreciated. The Galleries are progressing rapidly into shape and we are all delighted with their appearance.

We have been discussing the opening of the Exhibition which will be about the 15th of May and the propriety [p. 5] of having some Royal personage to operate

The Prince[8] has been suggested but we have concluded to leave it entirely in your hands and if you think that such a course should be taken would you kindly let us know [p. 6] as early as possible, a number of pictures have already arrived and on Sunday we are selecting a few that have are being submitted by some artists who have made special requests -

[p. 7] We anxiously await your return and beg to send you our respectful compliments

I am yours very truly

John Lavery

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1.  John Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more], Vice President of the recently formed International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. This is a reply to JW's letter of 12 April 1898, #02298.

2.  Hon. Secretary
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more].

3.  Mr Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more], whose membership of both the Royal Academy and ISSPG was a subject of dispute; eventually he resigned from the ISSPG committee.

4.  Guthrie
James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more].

5.  Walton
Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more].

6.  Admiral Maxse
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more], proprietor of the Prince's Rink Skating Club where the ISSPG held its first exhibition in May 1898.

7.  Durand Ruel
Paul Durand-Ruel (1828 or 1831-1922), Paris art dealer, or one of his sons, Joseph (1862-1928), Charles (1865-1892) or Georges (1866-1931).

8.  Prince
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more].