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Record 19 of 49

System Number: 02309
Date: 11 May 1898
Author: Albert Ludovici[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I49
Document Type: ALS



Dear Whistler -

We have been hard at it since Saturday - and are getting Show into ship shape, I have not had a spare moment to write to you since my last - your letters have been read and quite well understood by us all, but our one anxiety is to get through the work of hanging and arranging the whole of this show, which is not a small affair, so many hindrances of all kinds of have cropt up - one is the County Council, with its enquiries of proper outlets etc, hindering the hanging[;] another is not having all the work here - Glasgow pictures 11 of them only arriving to night. to day Guesuse[2] has sent us a huge [p. 2] case full of Renouards[3] and Vierge[4] drawings also albums, and scrapings of Studios - I do not know why he should have sent us all that lot - then MacMonis[5] [sic] sent us two Shakespeares[6], we could have done very well with the small one only - The Rodin[7] they will not have at any price - I mean the one with the legs apart - so that Howard[8] is pulling the hair out of his head, and declares that the Company will be bankrupt before we open - your Valparaiso Bay[9] arrived to day - your Rose Corder[10] has been here since yesterday - and as soon as your other works come I will see that they are hung as you have planned them out - I cannot tell you how delighted I am to know that you are sending your portrait[11], which will make a beautiful centre - We have a very big show of black and white, lithos etc - which will be most imposing

[p. 3] we shall be anxious to hear your letter to the Prince[12] read-out - and as soon as Howard receives, will constitute ourselves into a meeting - for that purpose - I got four Lautrec's[13] - which are hanging in the first room and act like Caviar or absinthe with the Charles's - Shannon portrait[14] and others - I got them from Goupils[15] this morning - where they have been on show for the last week but nobody has been to see them - that question of the Society - we cannot entertain this week, beyond what we have already done - as we are all absorbed in this hanging[,] catalogue, and opening day, business - Hoping you are better -

yours always sincerely -

A. Ludovici

May 11th 1898 -

[p. 4] 'Bunnie[16] take Teddie[17] with you and go down to the Exhibition this evening I am sure they must[18]'

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1.  Albert Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Sr (1820-1894), genre painter [more], Council Member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

2.  Guesuse
G. Guesuse or Guésun, picture agent.

3.  Renouards
Charles Paul Renouard (1845-1924), painter, printmaker and illustrator [more].

4.  Vierge
Daniel Urrabieta y Vierge (1851-1904), illustrator [more].

5.  MacMonis
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937), sculptor [more].

6.  two Shakespeares
Only one bronze appears to have been shown: F. W. MacMonnies, Shakespeare (z268) (cat. no 20).

7.  Rodin
René François Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), sculptor [more].

8.  Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more], Secretary of the ISSPG.

9.  Valparaiso Bay
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

10.  Rose Corder
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203).

11.  portrait
Brown and Gold (YMSM 440).

12.  Prince
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more]; JW's draft letter to the Prince is #09349.

13.  four Lautrec's
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), painter and lithographer [more] showed three oils (in the first gallery) and a lithograph (cat. nos. 5, 23, 81, 46): H. Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril at the Entrance of the Moulin Rouge(z383); H. Toulouse-Lautrec, Quadrille at the Moulin Rouge(z384); H. Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril(z385); H. Toulouse-Lautrec, Partie de campagne(z386).

14.  Shannon portrait
Charles Hazlewood Shannon (1863-1937), painter and lithographer [more]. The 'portrait' seems to have been eliminated. C. H. Shannon, Children Wrestling(z387) was the only work exhibited (cat. no. 35).

15.  Goupils
The Goupil Gallery, art dealers in Paris, and in London at 116 and 117, New Bond St.

16.  sure they must
'Bunnie ... sure they must' is an incomplete pencil note in JW's hand.

17.  Bunnie
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

18.  Teddie
Edward Godwin (b. 1876), son of Beatrix and E. W. Godwin; JW's step-son [more].