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System Number: 02986
Date: [c. 25 March 1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 3/48
Document Type: ALS

[sketch of framed press-cuttings][3]

Why dont you take the cutting from the Spectator about your show[4], my dear Huish, and my last Masterpiece[5] in this weeks World, and frame them with large margins neatly on White mount, as above, and hang them in the Holman Hunt Gallery - or in the front room -

That is the [p. 2] thing to do! - Then you have my mutilated Arry[6] stretched as at the Morgue! -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [c. 25 March 1886]
After 24 March 1886 (see JW to E. Yates, #11402).

2.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  [sketch of framed press-cuttings]
The sketch indicates the arrangement of two press cuttings. It was originally assumed to date from about 1 December 1895, and to relate to Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895 (see Framed press-cuttings for lithograph exhibition at the Fine Art Society (M.1451)).

4.  your show
This relates to a review of a small show of works by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), artist [more], at the Fine Art Society. See [anon.], 'Holman-Hunt's Painting: Preliminary Notice,' Spectator, 20 March 1886, pp. 387-88. The reviewer, probably Harry Quilter (see below), criticised the unsympathetic surroundings of the gallery (the show was located in a 'back room') and the absence of three of Hunt's 'most important pictures.'

5.  Masterpiece
A reference to an exchange between JW and 'Atlas' (Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]) in the World. It concerned the recent candidature of Harry Quilter for the Slade Chair of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge. See E. Yates to JW, #11400 and JW to E. Yates, #11401, #11402. Later published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 121-23.

6.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more].