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System Number: 01378
Date: 1 November 1902
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F310
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
[Royal coat of arms]
TO HIS MAJESTY THE KING.
TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN.

TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS, FINART, LONDON.

TELEPHONE, 3767, GERRARD.

THE FINE ART SOCIETY, LTD.
148, NEW BOND STREET,
W.

Novr 1st 1902.

My dear Whistler

November is upon us, and I am beginning to get together the silver[2], so as to have it carefully catalogued for the show, which we open towards the end of the month.

When will it be convenient for you to let me have that which [p. 2] you are so kind as to lend us for it? I would come down with a case & packer so as not to put any more trouble upon the charming lady who has already had so much - & it will be put in our strong room here - I shall want to know the value for Insurance.

Are you still in the Martello-Hen coop tower[3]?

I passed Southsea twice last week on my way to & from the Isle of Wight & it was very [p. 3] sunny & round the harbour there are certainly old Buildings that would satisfy you.

Believe me to be
Yours sincerely

Marcus B Huish


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Notes:

1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  silver
JW had agreed to lend some prize pieces from his collection to an exhibition of old silver. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2., p. 294. See also M. B. Huish to JW, #01377, #01381, #01382, #01383 and E. G. Brown to JW, #01387.

3.  Martello-Hen coop tower
Probably a reference to JW's house at 74, Cheyne Walk. JW had been under siege there for some months from building work that was taking place next door (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2., p. 279).