Document associated with: Fellar, Frank
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Dear Sir -
I have to apologize a thousand times over for my strange silence in return for your several notes of courteous interest -
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 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 -
Dated from hand-writing and possible reference to Venice.
This may have been written to a newspaper editor, or critic.
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.
Possibly a portrait of JW, unidentified.