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System Number: 02289
Date: [17/24 February 1898][1]
Author: Francis Howard[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I29
Document Type: ALI/PL


I have just time to send a copy of the invitation as we are sending them out to those in the list you have, and to acknowledge your letter. Our Council has lost members[3] but regained dignity. I take note of all you say! What about the Colours in the decoration of the gallery?

F. H.

I have not had answers from Fantin Latour[4] and others?

THE / EXHIBITION OF INTERNATIONAL ART.

LONDON.

FIRST EXHIBITION - SUMMER, 1898.

DEAR SIR,

AS THE ARTISTS' EXECUTIVE WE HAVE THE HONOUR TO INVITE YOU TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE EXHIBITION.

OUR OBJECT BEING TO FORM THE EXHIBITION ENTIRELY BY INVITATION, WE VENTURE TO EXPRESS THE HOPE, IN VIEW OF ITS UNIQUE NATURE, THAT YOU MAY BE INDUCED TO SEND YOUR MOST REPRESENTATIVE WORKS.

IT IS SPECIALLY REQUESTED THAT AN ACCEPTANCE OF THIS INVITATION BE ACCOMPANIED BY A DETAILED NOTIFICATION OF THE OUTSIDE MEASUREMENTS AND NATURE OF THE WORKS TO BE SENT, IN ORDER THAT THEIR DISPOSITION MAY BE PROVIDED FOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DESIRE OF THE EXECUTIVE TO PLACE EACH WORK WELL.

OWING TO THE LIMITED TIME AT OUR DISPOSAL, WE MUST BEG YOU TO FAVOUR US WITH YOUR REPLY BY MARCH THE 10TH.

THE EXHIBITION - REGARDING WHICH ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION IS SUBJOINED - WILL BE OPENED EARLY IN MAY.

WE HAVE THE HONOUR TO BE,
DEAR SIR,
YOUR OBEDIENT SERVANTS,

JAMES McNEIL WHISTLER.
FREDK. SANDYS[5].
JAMES GUTHRIE[6].
CHARLES W. FURSE[7].
JOHN LAVERY[8].
A. LUDOVICI[9].
E. A. WALTON[10].
JOSEPH FARQUHARSON[11].
G. SAUTER[12].
FRANCIS HOWARD. / (HONORARY SECRETARY).

KNIGHTSBRIDGE,
LONDON.

[p. 2] THE / EXHIBITION OF INTERNATIONAL ART.

KNIGHTSBRIDGE. / LONDON.

THE COUNCIL.
(EXECUTIVE MEMBERS).

JAMES MCNEIL WHISTLER.
FREDK. SANDYS.
JAMES GUTHRIE.
CHARLES W. FURSE.
JOHN LAVERY.
A. LUDOVICI.
E. A. WALTON.
JOSEPH FARQUHARSON.
G. SAUTER.
FRANCIS HOWARD. / (HONORARY SECRETARY).

(HONORARY MEMBERS[13]).

J. W. ALEXANDER.
E. F. AMAN -JEAN.
A. BESNARD.
J. BLANCHE.
A. BOECKLIN.
J. BOLDINI.
PUVIS DE CHAVANNES.
PROFESSOR GIOVANNI COSTA.
PROFESSOR L. DILL.
P. FRAJIACOMO.
G. KLIMT.
PROFESSOR MAX KLINGER.
PROFESSOR M. LIEBERMANN
F. MACMONNIES.
J. MARIS.
C. MEUNIER.
H. W. MESDAG.
A. RODIN.
AUGUSTUS SAINT GAUDENS.
G. SEGANTINI.
PROFESSOR FRANZ STUCK.
FRITZ THAULOW.
PROFESSOR F. VON UHDE.
A. ZORN.

[p. 3] FIRST EXHIBITION - SUMMER, 1898.

NOTICE TO EXHIBITORS AND CONDITIONS OF EXHIBITION.

I. ALL WORKS OF ART FOR EXHIBITION MUST BE DELIVERED AT THE GALLERIES FREE, AND WITHOUT CASES, ON ONE OF THE DAYS FIXED FOR THEIR RECEPTION. A NOTE OF ADVICE, DESCRIBING THEM AS THEY ARE MEANT TO BE INSERTED IN THE CATALOGUE, AND STATING THE PRICES (FRAMES INCLUDED), TO BE SENT TO THE ACTING SECRETARY. ON THE BACK OF EACH FRAME MUST BE WRITTEN THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE ARTIST, THE TITLE OF THE PICTURE, AND THE NUMBER IN THE ARTIST'S NOTE WITH WHICH IT CORRESPONDS. ARTISTS ARE ALSO REQUESTED TO REPEAT THE TITLE AND PRICE, WITH NAME AND ADDRESS, ON A LABEL TO BE ATTACHED TO THE FRAME BY A STRING, SO AS TO ALLOW IT TO HANG OVER THE FRONT OF THE PICTURE DURING HANGING AND CATALOGUING.

II. ON ALL WORKS SOLD BY MEANS OF THE EXHIBITION, WHETHER BY MEANS OF THE ARTISTS THEMSELVES OR THE GALLERY REGISTER, 7½ PER CENT. COMMISSION IS CHARGED. IN ALL CASES THE COMMISSION IS CHARGED ON THE PRICE REALIZED BY THE ARTIST. ALL CHEQUES AND SALES MUST BE FINALLY NEGOTIATED THROUGH THE ACTING SECRETARY OF THE EXHIBITION, AND ENTERED UPON THE REGISTER KEPT FOR THE PURPOSE. UPON THE COMPLETION OF A PURCHASE PURCHASERS MUST MAKE A DEPOSIT OF TWENTY PER CENT. UPON THE PRICE AT THE GALLERY, AND DISCHARGE THE BALANCE OF THE AMOUNT AT THE END OF THE EXHIBITION.

III. SALES EFFECTED BY ARTISTS OUGHT AT ONCE TO BE INTIMATED TO THE ACTING SECRETARY. IF THIS IS NEGLECTED, A SALE, IF MADE BY THE GALLERY, WILL BE HELD TO TAKE PRECEDENCE OF, AND SUPERSEDE A SALE MADE BY THE ARTIST HIMSELF.

IV. WHILE THE COUNCIL ENDEAVOURS TO PROVIDE THAT THE GREATEST CARE SHALL BE TAKEN OF ALL WORKS OF ART SENT FOR EXHIBITION, IT WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURY OR LOSS THERETO ARISING FROM DEFECTIVE ARRANGEMENTS, FROM INSUFFICIENT PACKING, FROM FIRE, FROM ACCIDENT OF ANY KIND, OR FROM ANY OTHER CAUSE WHATEVER, EITHER WHILE IN POSSESSION OF THE EXHIBITION, OR IN TRANSIT TO AND FROM ARTISTS.

V. WORKS PLACED IN THE EXHIBITION CANNOT BE REMOVED, UNTIL AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE EXHIBITION; THE SEVERAL WORKS WILL THEN BE DELIVERED TO THE PURCHASER, OR OTHER PERSONS FROM WHOM THEY WERE RECEIVED.

VI. BEFORE THE CLOSING OF THE EXHIBITION, EVERY EXHIBITOR WILL RECEIVE A SEPARATE PRINTED ORDER FOR THE DELIVERY OF EACH ONE OF HIS WORKS. THESE MUST BE PROPERLY FILLED IN AND SIGNED BY THE ARTIST, AND PRESENTED BY THE PERSON SENT TO CLAIM THE WORK, WHO MUST SIGN A RECEIPT FOR IT IN A BOOK PROVIDED FOR THE PURPOSE. NO WORK WILL BE DELIVERED UP WITHOUT THE PRODUCTION OF THIS ORDER. THE EXECUTIVE WILL NOT UNDERTAKE TO FORWARD OR PACK ANY WORK.

VII. ALL WORKS MUST BE REMOVED WITHIN SIX DAYS FROM THE CLOSING OF THE EXHIBITION.

VIII. ALL WORKS MUST BE DELIVERED AND REMOVED AT THE ARTISTS' EXPENSE.

THE DAYS FOR RECEIVING WORKS WILL BE APRIL 20TH, 21ST, 22ND, AND 23RD.

HORACE W. PAGE[14], ACTING SECRETARY.


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Notes:

1.  [17/24 February 1898]
The document relates to the first Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898 and must precede the deadline (10 March) for applications.

2.  Francis Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more].

3.  lost members
Members who resigned included Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor [more], who chaired the first meetings of the Society. He was in the chair on 7 February 1898, but apparently disagreed with the rest of the committee; JW was elected chairman on 16 February 1898 (see F. Howard to JW, 7 and [8] February 1898, and nd., #02277, #02278, #02297; JW to Howard, [10 February 1898], #11307; JW to J. Lavery, 12 April 1898, #02298; Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 217).

4.  Fantin Latour
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more]. On 25 February Howard told JW he had not heard from Fantin (#02284).

5.  A. LUDOVICI
Albert Ludovici, Sr (1820-1894), genre painter [more].

6.  FREDK. SANDYS
Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904), portrait painter and designer [more].

7.  E. A. WALTON
Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more].

8.  JAMES GUTHRIE
James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more].

9.  JOSEPH FARQUHARSON
Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935), landscape painter [more].

10.  CHARLES W. FURSE
Charles Wellington Furse (1868-1904), painter [more].

11.  G. SAUTER
George Sauter (1866-1937), painter [more].

12.  JOHN LAVERY
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more].

13.  HONORARY MEMBERS
John White Alexander (1856-1915), portrait painter and decorator [more]; Edmond François Aman-Jean (1860-1935), painter, engraver and lithographer [more]; Paul Albert Besnard (1849-1934), painter, graver and writer [more]; Jacques Émile Blanche (1861-1942), portrait painter, art critic and writer [more]; Arnold Böcklin or Boecklin (1827-1901), painter and sculptor [more]; Giovanni Boldini (1845-1931), portrait painter and etcher [more]; Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898), painter [more]; Giovanni Costa (1833-1903), marine, landscape and genre painter [more]; Professor Ludwig Dill (1848-1940), painter [more]; Pietro Fragiacomo (1856-1922), genre and landscape painter [more]; Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), artist [more]; Professor Max Klinger (1857-1920), history and genre painter, sculptor and engraver [more]; Max Liebermann (1847-1935), genre and landscape painter and etcher [more]; Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more]; Jacobus ('Jacob') Hendricus Paul Maris (1837-1899), artist [more]; Constantine Émile Meunier (1831-1905), painter, sculptor and engraver [more]; Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915), painter and collector [more]; René François Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), sculptor [more]; Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), sculptor [more]; Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899), artist [more]; Franz von Stϋck (1863-1928), painter and sculptor, first President of the Munich Secession [more]; Fritz Thaulow (1847-1906), painter, printmaker and author [more]; Professor Friedrich Von Uhde (1848-1911), history and genre painter [more] and Anders Leonard Zorn (1860-1920), painter, etcher and sculptor [more].

14.  HORACE W. PAGE
Horace W. Page, secretary for the ISSPG [more].