The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 05663
Date: 9 January 1879
Author: Thomas Taylor[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T8
Document Type: ALS[2]

Lavender Sweep

Jany 9. 1879

Pardon me, my dear Whistler, for having taken you au sérieux[3] even for a moment. I ought to have remembered that your penning [p. 2] like your painting, belongs to the region of "chaff" -

I will not forget it again, & meantime remain yours always

[p. 3] Tom Taylor

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1.  Thomas Taylor
Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more].

2.  ALS
This letter was published in Whistler, James McNeill, [Correspondence Between Tom Taylor, Art Critic of the Times and Whistler], The World: A Journal for Men and Women, 15 January 1879, and republished in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 38 'Serious Sarcasm'. It is part of a series of letters exchanged between JW and Tom Taylor; see Taylor's letter of 6 January, and JW's of 8 and 10 January 1879 (#05660, #05661, #05664). 'vi' written in another hand in purple ink at the top of p. 1.

3.  au sérieux
Fr., seriously.