Documents associated with: Gentle Art of Making Enemies, The
Record 16 of 181
System Number: 10834
Date: [3/8 September 1886]
Recipient: William Ayerst Ingram
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/1040/1
Document Type: TLc
BEAUFORT GRILL CLUB
32 DOVER STREET, W.
Come on down and see me at the Studio say at about five 30 to-morrow (Monday) or at the same hour on Wednesday - From half past five to 6 o'clock -
454 Fulham Road.
1. [3/8 September 1886]
This relates to a sequence of published letters (see below).
Possibly a mis-reading of 'better'. It may be a reference to a proposed exhibition of JW's work at the Society of British Artists, which never materialised. This was eventually proposed to a meeting on 3 October 1887 and rescinded in the following month (see #13402).
He was probably starting to plan 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1889.
5. letter in Truth
JW to H. Labouchère, 21 August 1886, published in Truth, no. 505, vol. 20, 2 September 1885, p. 370, and reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, pp. 169-172 (#09184).
Henry Du Pré Labouchère (1831-1912), journalist and Liberal MP [more], had complained that the Saturday Review had maligned JW ('Entre Nous', Truth, no. 503, vol. 20, 19 August 1886, p. 293, partially reprinted in Whistler, 1890, op. cit., pp. 166-168). JW made minor editorial changes in reprinting the piece (see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 36-37).
JW meant to call Labouchère the 'Sapeur of modern progress' (i. e., pioneer), not 'Superior' as in this typescript copy, and not 'Sapem' as was printed. JW seized the opportunity to write pointing this out (JW to H. Labouchère, Truth, 9 September 1886, no. 506, vol. 20, p. 413; #11410).