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System Number: 02711
Date: 14 June 1892
Author: Ernest George Brown[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 1/9
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."
[etc.]

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

June 14th 1892

Dear Mr Whistler,

I think you must have forgotten this time. I never received any of the abominations you speak of, neither letter, telegram or message. Dr Dunn[2] tells me that as Mr Huish[3] was away, when you called, he suggested that I should come and you said no, I want Mr Huish. Had you sent me any telegram, letter, or message I should have called because I was wanting [p. 2] the proofs at the time. If I remember rightly you did not say what Mr Huish was to see and we did not know until we read an account in the Pall Mall Gazette[4]. We ourselves have experienced "the feelings of the one who waits for part of a morning in Chelsea".

I think you are unjust in saying that I have retarded the work[5], or kept back the cheque, or thought it clever to discourage the artist

It would have delighted me to see the etchings[6] but I am afraid I must do without the pleasure unless it is with the hope of bringing them back with me [p. 3] as I am so busy just now.

I think Mr Huish will not be able to come this Season.

I am sorry we are on such bad terms with one another.

Yours very truly

Ernest G. Brown.


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Notes:

1.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more]. This is a reply to #03710.

2.  Dr Dunn
A. Homeyer Dunn, employee of the Fine Art Society.

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

4.  Pall Mall Gazette
Possibly Anon., 'Mr. Whistler's Venice Etchings. Some Account of Their Final State,' The Pall Mall Gazette, 2 November 1891.

5.  work
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5).

6.  etchings
They were on show in the 2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.