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Record 9 of 18

System Number: 02675
Date: 18 June 1892
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 1/14-15
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
[Royal coat of arms]
TO H. R. H. THE PRINCE OF WALES.
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1879.
MELBOURNE, 1880.
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR VIENNA, 1883.
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON."
PLEASE ADDRESS ALL LETTERS TO THE SOCIETY.

THE FINE ART SOCIETY,
LIMD
148, NEW BOND ST.
W.

June 18th 1892.

Dear Mr Whistler

I have your two letters[2] & I am sorry that this printing of the Etchings should necessitate such correspondence.

With reference to your request that I would call & see you. I have made every inquiry & I believe that the first (that thro' Mr Dunn[3]) occurred when I was away [p. 2] for my holiday - the second (conveyed by your card which I have before me) also came when I was away. I ought perhaps to have come down directly I returned, but at that time I was only in London on certain days of the week, & had these very fully occupied. You must not forget that when last you summoned me by telegram, also on "important" business, I came at once, waited an hour, & left without seeing you, although you were in the house at the time.

However, I at once admit you expressed your regret for this, & I am quite ready and anxious to do the same if you think I, or the Society, have now acted discourteously to you - [p. 3] The whole trouble - if such it may be called - appears to have arisen out of a reticence on both sides. You had, we now know, printed off, not the number & particular etchings[4] for which we had asked & been waiting so long for, but the whole remainder - In wishing you to print only what we required, we did so because you had previously, more than once, sent us few of what we required & many of what we had no need for.

This would be still more the case in printing all the remainder, which naturally meant a large stock of the least popular plates, and this accounts for our not having been as eager as we should to come for them.

I can see now that an interview [p. 4] might have removed this presumed apparent difficulty.

I can only again express my regret if the action on our parts of myself or anyone else has appeared discourteous to you.

You have just sent us 5 more of the destroyed plates[5], making 9 out of 12.; these, I hope, are only the precursors of the impressions which you have printed from them. It can do neither of us any good that these latter should remain out of the possession of the public. I hope therefore that you will see your way to end this matter at all events, in a spirit of good will, & which I had hoped was still existent between us.

Mr Brown[6] wishes me to add to mine, his apologies for any discourtesy which has occurred.

I am Yours failly

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.  two letters
#01234 and #02664.

3.  Mr Dunn
A. Homeyer Dunn, employee of the Fine Art Society.

4.  etchings
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5); although JW, with assistance from a succession of printers, printed most of the edition, it was only completed after his death, when the remaining impressions were printed by Frederick Goulding (1842-1909), printer and print-maker [more].

5.  destroyed plates
The copperplates were cancelled to prevent any further impressions being pulled, once the complete edition had been printed.

6.  Mr Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].