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System Number: 00779
Date: 15 June 1887
Author: Charles Cattermole[1]
Place: Kilburn
Recipient: James Linton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C280
Document Type: ALS


[crest with text:] LANGHAM CHAMBERS. 1: ALL SOULS PLACE. LANGHAM PLACE W. / ARTISTS' SOCIETY

2 Christchurch Road
Kilburn

MayJune 15. 87.

My dear Linton

Thanks for your kind & excellent letter -

I am pleased to find that you approve of what I said - indeed I did what was my duty I consider & [p. 2] what I hope all Institute men would do if placed in a similar position -

I had Dunphie[3] of the Morning Post here last night[.] he told me a funny anecdote of J. McNeil [sic] - He (Dunphie) was invited to meet Whistler [at?] Dinner - which he accepted on the understanding that W did not know he was an Art Critic - So they [p. 3] dined & W. was as usual full of talk & very amusing but fell foul of some man who he abused & said he was every thing that was bad, After a long tirade Dunphie - out of curiosity asked Whistler - "Was this bad man an Art Critic - ?"

"Good God no!" says W - he was a d—d bad man but he was not a fool!" Dunphie took a back seat -

Yours sincerely

Chas Cattermole


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Notes:

1.  Charles Cattermole
Charles Cattermole (1832-1900), watercolourist and history painter [more].

2.  James Linton
Sir James Dromgole Linton (1840-1916), genre and watercolour painter [more].

3.  Dunphie
Charles Dunphie (b. ca 1833), art critic of the Morning Post [more].