The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Record 17 of 19

System Number: 03418
Date: [November 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry E. Morgan[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 32
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS

[embossed roundel with head of Michelangelo]

Arts Club. Hanover Sq.

My dear Mr Morgan -

It would never do I think to have the Extracts[3] printed on two sides of a half sheet - Better have a sheet of paper, absolutely the same as the one with my letter - and print the Extracts on the inside - that is on the two pages - so as to fit in the letter, and look like it -

[drawing of page layout] like this -

Do have this done the first thing tomorrow morning - and then the 50 copies will be ready by 12. o'clock - I will call for them -

Now one more thing - [p. 2] Have a star put after brother in law* - and after best of the two*, for footnote - and then below for footnote put -

* The Italics are mine - J A McN W.

letting the note run beyond the dividing line of the columns, so that it does for both -

and this note had better be in Italics also -

Yours truly -

J A McN Whistler

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1.  [November 1881]
Dated from the reference to a pamphlet and to the Painter Etchers' Society (see below). Published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, p. 38, no. 9, dated [April/May 1881].

2.  H. E. Morgan
Henry E. Morgan (b. ca 1851), employee of Thomas Way, lithographic printer [more]. See also JW to H. E. Morgan, #03416.

3.  Extracts
Whistler, James McNeill, The Piker Papers. The Painter-Etchers' Society and Mr. Whistler, London, 1881. The pamphlet relates an incident between JW, Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more] and the newly formed Painter Etcher's Society. In the spring of 1881, the Society held an exhibition at the Hanover Gallery. However, when Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), painter, etcher and art teacher [more], submitted three Venice etchings, Haden (who was President of the Society) suspected that they were in fact by JW. Anxious to compare the etchings with those that JW had been printing for the Fine Art Society, Haden, Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), painter, etcher and art teacher [more], and Dr Edward Hamilton (1815 or 1816-1903), doctor of medicine and print collector [more], paid a visit to the Society's gallery. JW was indignant when he heard of the visit, regarding it as an attack on his artistic integrity. A lengthy correspondence ensued. This was eventually published by JW in the pamphlet which appeared in several forms: 'Extracts from the Press' refers to the correspondence that was published alongside two articles from the Cuckoo (see 'A Storm in an Aesthetic Teacup,' The Cuckoo: The News and Gossip of the Day, 12 April 1881; 'Mr Whistler and the Painter Etchers,' 30 April 1881).