The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 04579
Date: [20/27 March 1898][1]
Author: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P219
Document Type: ALS



Cher Maitre

Your Mr. Rousseau[3] turned up and we were all very decent to him. But I am afraid it is too late, the notices, invitations, have gone out. And there wont be room.

He says if his society were allowed to select their contributors, only a certain number might [p. 2] send, but they would want to do the selecting. - not us - and also. that if they did this, next year the whole Society must be invited - well isent this rather imposing condition on us?

What do you think? And certainly we have already invited their best men.

But I must say Hollender and Cremetti's[4] [p. 3] action in starting a rival show is rather mean - with the same name.

Still had we known about the affair three months ago it might have been arranged would wont you help us. Ludovici[5] I believe is to come over at the first of the month. You will I am sure advise him what to do. What of Rome?

And what [p. 4] does the enclosed mean


J Pennell

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1.  [20/27 March 1898]
This probably relates to the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898. The deadline for exhibitors to reply to the Society's invitation was 10 March (see #02289). 20 and 27 March were Sundays in 1898.

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  Mr. Rousseau
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1861-1911), painter and etcher [more], of the Société nationale des artistes français.

4.  Hollender and Cremetti's
Eugene Cremetti and Max Hollender, proprietors of the Hanover Gallery, 47 New Bond Street, who also proposed to hold an 'International Exhibition'.

5.  Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more].