The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 07798
Date: [8 November 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/4/1
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris.

Hurrah! - Now this is excellent my dear Pennell. This rubbing it in is most effective - and of all things what they most hate -

I am glad you saw the lawyers letter in the Speaker[3] - good - don't you think coming on the top of your own advanced sharp shooting and bringing up the rear with a sort of heavy artillery - and making orthodox and undoubted the execution you had done -

Oh yes - This is all very [p. 2] scientific and West Point kind of fighting - and they can't stand against that! -

Now look in next Saturdays Speaker[4] - I fancy they will have a final light cavalry charge, led on by myself this time in person - just to carry off the few remaining guns and baggage waggons and wipe up the stragglers as a finish - before we "cease firing" and count our dead - and go to supper! -

You might then have a round little note of triumph on your bugle in Saturday's Star[5]! - for take my word for it Joseph, the first duty of a good general, when he has won the battle, is to say so - otherwise the people always dull - the British public especially! - fail to understand - the liar revives - and it is an unsettled point in history for ever! -

This is funny enough about Goulding[6]! - for it shows how crazy they all are about lithographs over there just now! -

Well I shall wait with the greatest interest for your report - Though mind you I am predisposed to scoff! -

Gouldings little tricks and various soups and dodges with the copper plates[7] I always thought of the cheapest kind -

However we shall see -

You will be pleased to hear that the [p. 3] portrait[8] you saw begun, has left the studio, on its way to Chicago[9] -

Did Furniss[10] ever answer in any way your go at him? - I wish when you see, in his paper or elsewhere, anything entertaining of that kind you would cut it out and send it, for we continually miss things here - And dont forget that we cannot obtain the Star in Paris - So cut out and send on when you have anything - & remember to put the date of the paper upon the cutting -

Voila! I think that's all - for the present! - and I suppose I have tired you out! -

With kindest regards to both[11]

[butterfly signature]

Has the[12] "bald Antony[13]" telegram got into the American papers? - and have you heard anything said about it? -

This document is protected by copyright.


Joseph Pennell Esq
14. Buckingham Street
London. W. C
[postmark:] PARIS - 80 / R[UE]. DU BAC / 4E 8 / NOV / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. / S. M. P. / 8 A / NO 9 / 94

[written on verso:] Of course lay low about next Saturday's letter until it is out -


1.  [8 November 1894]
Dated by the postmark and the date '[1894 Nov. 8]' that is added in an unknown hand at top of p. 1.

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

3.  lawyers letter in the Speaker
Letters from William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more], published in The Speaker, regarding Du Maurier, George, 'Trilby,' Harper's New Monthly Magazine, serialised, begun 1 January 1894; reprinted (expunged) as Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894; regular ed., London and New York, 1895.

4.  next Saturday's Speaker
The Speaker, 10 November 1894.

5.  Saturday's Star
Pennell was art critic for The Star.

6.  Goulding
Frederick Goulding (1842-1909), printer and print-maker [more].

7.  copper plates
Goulding was a professional master print-maker, and perfectly capable of printing cleanly or of using plate tone and retroussage to enrich prints. After JW's death Goulding printed impressions of The Beggars (K.194) and The Doorway (K.188) for the Fine Art Society, to complete JW's Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5).

8.  portrait
Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Brown: Portrait of Arthur J. Eddy (YMSM 425).

9.  Chicago
To Arthur Jerome Eddy (1859-1920), writer and collector [more].

10.  Furniss
Harry Furniss (1854-1925), caricaturist and illustrator [more].

11.  both
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

12.  Has the
The remainder of the text is added in the left margin of p. 1.

13.  bald Antony
See JW's article, published in The Star, a draft of which he sent on [24 October 1894?], #07789.