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System Number: 10681
Date: [December 1894/1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Jay[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/11/3
Document Type: MsLc


110 rue du Bac -

My dear Mr. Jay -

If you are in town, why, in the first place, do we not see anything of you! -

And again, if, by chance, you really are still here, I want you kindly to manage a little matter for me -

A while ago I received a telegram from Mr Pearse[3] - He wired me from Antwerp[4] asking me if my pictures there were painted before a certain date - I have forgotten - or were they painted later?

In the latter case, the Committee were charming enough to ask for me the Médaille d'Honneur - If, however, the paintings were of the earlier date, this could not be entertained, because of some rule - of which by the way I had unfortunately not known -

The telegram[5] I did not receive when it first arrived - and then it was too late to answer it - Moreover, as Mr Pearse put it, he would understand if there were no answer that the pictures were out of the running - which was the case -

But now I wish to acknowledge the great compliment paid me by these gentlemen - and I have not Mr Pearse's address -

I remember, however, that you were on the Committee yourself - and I wish therefore to thank you personally for your part in this expression of flattering sympathy - and then to beg that you will explain to Mr Pearse - and see that he gets the enclosed letter -

Can you forgive my troubling you so greatly?

With our kindest regards to your wife[6] and yourself,
Very sincerely,

J. McN. Whistler

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1.  [December 1894/1895]
Dated from the reference to an exhibition that opened on 1 November 1894 (see below). The date added by the unknown copyist may be incorrect.

2.  Jay
Jay, a friend of Jules Stewart, involved in organising an exhibition in Antwerp [more].

3.  Mr Pearse
Charles Sprague Pearce (1851-1914), genre and portrait painter [more].

4.  Antwerp
Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894. The medal was not awarded because JW's works were executed before 1885, the date of the previous International Exposition in Antwerp, see C. S. Pearce to JW, 28 July 1894, #00192.

5.  telegram
C. S. Pearce to JW, 11 July 1894, #00191.

6.  your wife
Mrs Louis Jay, a social acquaintance of JW [more].