The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07492
Date: [1881/1895?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [unknown][2]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X62
Document Type: ALd

Dear Sir -

I have to apologize a thousand times over for my strange silence in return for your several notes[3] of courteous interest -

However I have but just come back from a long visit abroad[4] and in the country - and find your many applications for the drawing[5] of myself -

The truth is that I did what I promised and had a sketch made which I will send - but [p. 2] it is not at all successful - And do you know I fear that the severe work of Mr Fellar[6] must have gone into the sort of private Scotland Yard without which no Studio is complete - and from whence in short no Fellar returneth! -

Pray hide this if possible from the friendly artist, but I assume every effort has been made to recover the lost picture - and I am overwhelmed with distress & humiliation - though I soften the matter to myself by remembering that the reckless neglect that brought about this dire catastrophe was the immediate result of your own outspoken dislike - I think even not to say contempt for the elaborate misconception of my simple though undeserving self -


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1.  [1881/1895?]
Dated from hand-writing and possible reference to Venice.

2.  [unknown]
This may have been written to a newspaper editor, or critic.

3.  notes

4.  abroad
Perhaps a reference to JW's thirteen month sojourn in Venice from 1879-1880. JW went to Venice to work on an etchings commission, Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195), for the Fine Art Society. The trip also resulted in numerous other works including etchings and pastels.

5.  drawing
Possibly a portrait of JW, unidentified.

6.  Mr Fellar
Frank Feller (1848-1908), painter, military and comic illustrator [more]. He may have made a drawing or caricature of JW, intended for publication.