The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 02299
Date: 12 April 1898
Author: John Lavery[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I39
Document Type: ALS

S. W.

April 12 '98

Dear Mr. Whistler

I am sorry to know that you have been so seriously unwell and I hope it has all passed

We are quite sure of Shannon[2] and from former experience of him [p. 2] it would be surprising were he to act after the manner of our last Burlington member.

The gallery[3] will be ready by the first week in May if no hitch occurs.

It is to be hoped that [p. 3] the doubtfuls ones the home list may not contribute, at any rate we shall be able to deal with them

Walton[4] has returned and will help us very much[.] Ludovici[5] has evidently done wonders - Your letter to the Committee will be read at our meeting on Thursday

[p. 4] Might we have your permission to borrow from Glasgow, "Carlyle"[6] and "The Fur Jacket"[7].?

Wishing your good health
I have the honour to be
Yours truly

John Lavery

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1.  John Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more]. Lavery was Vice President of the recently formed International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

2.  Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more]. His membership of the Royal Academy caused objections from JW; eventually he resigned from the committee of the ISSPG but remained an honorary member.

3.  gallery
Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898 opened at the Prince's Rink Skating Club in Knightsbridge in May.

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

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

6.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), owned by Glasgow Corporation.

7.  The Fur Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181), owned by William Burrell (1861-1958), ship-owner and collector [more].