Documents associated with: Melville, Arthur
Record 9 of 16
System Number: 06599
Date: [18 August 1891]
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W592
Document Type: ALS
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS. -
[Liverpool coat of arms, and motto:] DEUS NOBIS HAEC OTIA FECIT
CITY OF LIVERPOOL,
WALKER ART GALLERY,
The shoestring in the shower bath, Chinkie, is very funny! but where did the shower bath itself come from? -
I shall certainly have lots to tell you when I get back - and must keep all "dittles" for our own dinners - Meanwhile as the time approaches, I am rather perturbed about tomorrows festival! - I do wish my own Luck that you were here to help me - You must do the great Obi for me - and try hard that all may come off without blunder or want of sympathy -
I get on with Melville very [p. 2] well - indeed I could not have got on without him -
This I suppose you will understand to mean that I have been properly flattered and so have melted!
Well not quite that - but he is not at all the bad fellow we were prepared to take for granted - and two of his pictures here are really full of much that is most artistic and of the same sympathetic stuff I was first attracted by in the two watercolours I saw of his long ago in the Academy -
I could frankly say that I liked them immensely - and so would you Chinky -
Then he has certainly been excellent in his appreciation of my own room - and done me a first rate turn in the placing of my own picture -
I will tell you about it by and bye -
Well the B. looks I think all right - and perhaps - but only perhaps - runs a chance of staying in the Provinces - We shall see! -
Jacomb Hood, by the way, I have managed to hang very well - and the little one of Steer's that we saw together in Walter Sickerts studio - a Music Hall with a tiny girl dancing on the stage - I have placed in my room - Another thing he sent, a Monet kind of landscape, is infamous and I had a mind to turn it out - However it will be put somewhere - but perhaps I may tell him
when ins what a risk it ran! -
Tomorrow Chinkie you had better send no letter unless I wire - I would like much to get off by the night train - but perhaps it might be rather burning my ships if I were obliged to leave the Club dinner abruptly? - "umph?" -
Never again though Chinkie! - never again must my Luck send me adrift like this - giving me every chance [p. 3] of getting into mischief - and wearying myself with things that dont matter -
Yes I have seen the Van Beers' letters! - What an unmitigated Ass! -
We are to have seven of his pictures yet - and we mean if possible to thrust them in among the Academicians - his own lot - You see my wickedness has
yet been not spent itself in the worn out method of maliciously "skying" the enemy - "Quite other"! as you may well imagine! -
And now my dear dear Luck again Goodnight! -
I have telegraphed to Robertson - Do be careful about seeing him!! You had better be out -
1. [18 August 1891]
Dated by reference to a dinner held on the following day, 19 August 1891.
A voodoo incantation or ritual, originating in Africa: JW presumably means a prayer.
Arthur Melville (1855-1905), watercolour painter [more]. He was with JW on the Hanging Committee for 21st Autumn Exhibition of Pictures, Corporation of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1891.
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The remainder is written in the left margin at right angles to the main text.
B. Whistler, Holme Memorial Window (z224), a memorial window to Mrs Holme's daughter, erected in the church at Orton in Cumbria (see MacDonald, Margaret F., Beatrice Whistler Artist and Designer, Glasgow, 1997).