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Record 8 of 16

System Number: 11404
Date: [16 December 1885][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Edmund Hodgson Yates[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: [unknown]
Document Type: PLS[3]

I agree with you, O Atlas[4] of ages, that completeness is a reason for ceasing to exist; but even indignation might be less vague than is your righteous anger at Vanity's Christmas cartoon. Surely you might have helped the people, who scarcely distinguish between the original and impudent imitation, to know that this faded leaf is not from the book of Carlo Pellegrini[5], the master who has taught them all - that they can never learn?

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1.  [16 December 1885]
Date of publication in the World.

2.  Edmund Hodgson Yates
Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more].

3.  PLS
First published in the World, 16 December 1885, p. 16. Reproduced in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 130, under the heading Les points sur les i.

4.  Atlas
Yates's pen-name in his column 'What the World Says'. The letter concerned an item in the column published on 9 December. It criticised the 'coarsely coloured' quality of a cartoon 'Newmarket' which had recently appeared in Vanity Fair. The publication of JW's letter in the World was prefaced by Atlas's remark: 'A communication from Our James. Why do we not see more of Ape's [Pellegrini] always admirable work in Vanity Fair?'

5.  Carlo Pellegrini
Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), alias 'Ape', cartoonist for Vanity Fair, designer and lithographer [more].