Documents associated with: Bell, Robert Anning
Record 4 of 4
System Number: 09975
Date: 12 February 
Recipient: John Lavery
Repository: Tate Gallery Archives
Call Number: Lavery Collection, TGA 7245/285
Document Type: ALS
Hotel Schweizerhof. Ajaccio. Corse
Tuesday. Feb. 12.
My dear Lavery -
It is odd to me, that you have not sent me a line in acknowledgement of my thoughtful telegram to you all! - I had your wire in reply to my own asking you simply if you had received the message at the Meeting - but that is all -
I hope you are well - and I thought you were going to spend the winter in Tangiers? Perhaps work has kept you - I consider this Mediteranian [sic] health resort a poor business altogether! - when it is warm enough to stand still, it is vile to look at! and when you are relieved from the glare and linger to look with a brush in your fingers, you are blown indoors by Mistral or 'tra montana, with a new cold [p. 2] before you have rid yourself of the old one you left England to loose! - It is absurd! and most irritating! for one dare not do a stroke of work and one cannot dream of leaving! - You will say that Corsica is not Tangiers - I have tried them all!! Artistically this place is far away I think the more charming and as to climate I think would be perfect in summer! - But the whole affair is a sham - and nothing is Southern but the South! - this is the summing up of the situation! The West Indies or Florida! -
Now about the Council - Webb will have told you that I see no reason for increasing the number of members - However if the Committee wish for Strang & Anning Bell, far from me to oppose them - But Rothenstein I do not think quite what we are looking for! - Without further dwelling upon details it is sufficient I fancy when we remember that both Rothenstein & C. H. Shannon were two of the offending mal contents who sent in their ultimatums in the early & difficult days of the Society, & whose resignations were immediately accepted - Personally I regret Shannon - but from the standpoint officially of the Council, it is impossible - to say nothing of the fact that both these gentlemen have since become quite identified with other interests -
J McNeill Whistler.
For telegrams - Ajaccio - is quite sufficient -
John Lavery. Esq
5. Cromwell Place.
London. S W
[stamp:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] AJACCIO / CORSE / 5E 12 / FEVR / 01
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W. / 8 AM / FE 15 / 
[on verso:] HOTEL SCHWEIZERHOF
A. B. BOSSHARDT-REICHER
1. 12 February 
Year dated from postmark.
Written on narrow bordered mourning paper.
5. Mistral or 'tra montana
11. For telegrams - Ajaccio - is quite sufficient -
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