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System Number: 01317
Date: 23 November 1895
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F249
Document Type: ALS


Nov 23rd 1895.

BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO H. R. H. THE PRINCE OF WALES.
[Royal coat of arms]
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1879.
MELBOURNE, 1880.
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR VIENNA, 1883.
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON."

THE FINE ART SOCIETY, LIMD.
148, NEW BOND ST
W.

My dear Whistler

Here are patterns for colour but not of stuffs. I don't quite see the brown paper colour in there but no doubt the yellows will do.

You will no doubt see an interview with Menpes[2] anent lithography in the St [p. 2] James's Budget - It calls to mind what Zola[3] puts into the mouth of one of his characters "maintenant le premier godelureau sachant camper un bonhomme fait retentir toutes les trompettes de la publicite" - N'est ce pas!

I wont bother you with more.

Fai[thfu]lly yrs

Marcus B Huish


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Notes:

1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more]. This letter relates to preparations for Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895, which opened on 7 December.

2.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

3.  Zola
Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola (1840-1902), novelist, critic and political activist [more]: the quotation is from the journalist Edouard Jory in Zola's L'Oeuvre, chapter 7, 'Une énorme hilarité le secoue devant la presse d'informations, qui fait retentir toutes les trompettes de la publicité en l'honneur du premier godelureau sachant camper un bonhomme.' (He is seized by great hilarity in the face of the deluge of news, which makes all the trumpets of publicity blare out in honour of the first jackanapes to make a fellow's portrait.) 'Godelureau' signifies a dandy, a person of no consequence, elevated by the media to a nine-day's wonder. See Émile Zola, Les Rougon-Macquart: histoire naturelle et sociale d'une famille sous le second Empire, (ed. Colette Becker, in collaboration with Gina Gourdin-Servenière and Véronique Lavielle), Paris, 1991-1993, vol. 4, p. 571.