James Ripley Osgood was an agent for the London publishers Harper and Brothers at 30 Fleet Street.
Osgood was in correspondence with JW throughout the 1880s and 1890s in his capacity as agent for Harper and Brothers. For example, in 1887 he was in contact with JW concerning the publication of his Ten O'Clock Lecture in America (#02029). However, JW did not give final agreement to the plan (#02031). Osgood tried in 1888 to have it published in Harper's Monthly Magazine, Harper and Brothers having refused to meet JW's conditions for the publication of the lecture in book form (#02037). Osgood was also in correspondence with JW in 1888 about the publication of an article by Theodore Child on American artists at the Exposition Universelle to be published in Harper's Monthly Magazine.
Osgood was a member of The Arts Club from 1892 to 1899.
New York Public Library on-line catalogue at http://www.nypl.org (accessed 2005).