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System Number: 01381
Date: 27 November 1902
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F313
Document Type: TLS


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

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

GOLD MEDALS FOR ARTISTIC PUBLICATIONS.
PARIS, 1900. / CHICAGO, 1893.
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS, FINART, LONDON.
TELEPHONE, 3767, GERRARD. [...]

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

27th Nov. 1902

Dear Miss Phillip [sic],

Kindly excuse a typewritten letter, as I am over head & ears in work.

Here is the list of the silver with the values I propose to set against them for insurance. Kindly let me know if they are satisfactory.

I see that by mistake 18 sweetmeat baskets were included taken away. These will altogether overbalance the rest of the exhibit, & therefore I propose only to show 12, which was the number we arranged for, & which is the number contained in the list.

We are hanging the back of the show cases with a handsome rose red tapestry, & shall do the same with your case unless Mr Whistler objects-. Can you let me have the napkins, if you wish them things to be placed on white, not later than Monday.

I shall ask you & Mr Whistler to come & see them on Wednesday, when I hope to have the place in some what ship shape. We shall not begin hanging until Tuesday afternoon.

[p. 2] Hoping that this awful weather does not affect Mr Whistler & prevent him sending another crusher in reply to our friend W[3],

I am,
Yours faithfully

Marcus B. Huish

Miss Phillip

[p. 3] List of plate lent by Mr. J. MacN. Whistler
Description of Articles Value for Insurance
12 Sweetmeat Baskets £60
Dredger 60
12 Dessert Knives & Forks 25
Gravy Strainer 10
Toasted Cheese Dish 40
2 Knives of 2 sizes - mother of pearl handles 20
Set of 4 vase shaped dishes 80
7 Dish Strainer - Dutch 10
Set of 4 candlesticks - Dutch 50
9 Table Spoons 25
Punch Strainer 10
Mustard Pot  5
Sauce Ladles 20
Asparagus Tongs  5
Punch ladles 15
Oval Entree Dish 25
14 Small Spoons 35
Coffee Pot 20

 

[p. 4]      515
2 Salt Cellars £10
2 Salt Cellars  10
12 Dessert Spoons - Irish  25
  560

 

Also in addition to the foregoing 6 sweetmeat baskets.


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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.  Rosalind Birnie Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]. This letter relates to an exhibition of old silver then taking place at the Fine Art Society, to which JW had agreed to lend some choice pieces from his collection. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 294; M. B. Huish to JW, #01377, #01378, #01382, #01383; E. G. Brown to JW, #01387. List of JW's silver are in #12726, #12727 and #12728.

3.  our friend W
Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more]. In November 1902, JW exhibited Grenat et or: Le Petit Cardinal (YMSM 469) at the 12th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, New Gallery, London, 1902. Wedmore described it as a work already seen, which offended JW, so he wrote to the Standard in protest (Whistler, James McNeill, 'Une Dernière Incarnation,' The Standard, 21 November 1902; #09448). The letter was reprinted in several other newspapers. He collected the correspondence in Whistler, James McNeill, An Interrupted Correspondence, Chelsea, 1902 [GM, A.25].