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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02785
Date: [July 1878?][1]
Author: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: London
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/61
Document Type: PD


PORTRAIT OF THOMAS CARLYLE,[3]
FROM THE ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH LIFE-SIZE PICTURE
BY
JAMES A. McNEILL WHISTLER.

ENGRAVED IN PURE MEZZOTINT
BY
RICHARD JOSEY[4],
UNDER THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISION OF THE PAINTER.

SIZE, 14 IN. x 12 IN.
[butterfly signature]

 

PRICE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
SIGNED ARTIST'S PROOFS   ... ... ... £3  3  0
LETTERED PROOFS          ... ... ... ...   2  2  0
PRINTS                           ... ... ... ... ...   1  1  0

 

NAMES OF SUBSCRIBERS RECEIVED BY
CHARLES A. HOWELL,
CHALDON HOUSE, FULHAM, S. W.

[printed butterfly signature, upsidedown]

[p. 2] PLEASE ENTER MY NAME AS A SUBSCRIBER TO THE PORTRAIT OF THOMAS CARLYLE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FORM HERETO APPENDED, AS FILLED AND SIGNED BY ME.

 

PRICE TO SUBSCRIBERS. NUMBER OF COPIES. NAME AND ADDRESS.
SIGNED ARTIST'S PROOFS ... £3  3  0    
LETTERED PROOFS ................ £2  0  0  
PRINTS ...................................... £1  1  0  

 

DATE .................................................
TO ...........................................................

'First proof[5] of circular. Butterfly printed upside down. The top one drawn by J. A. McN. Whistler -'


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Notes:

1.  [July 1878?]
Since Howell noted that this was the first proof, it must pre-date a similar subscription form promising 'first proofs' of the engraving and dated 26 July 1878 (JW to Forster, #11680).

2.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

3.  PD
This document is affixed in a letterbook, with a note written on the page beneath.

4.  PORTRAIT OF THOMAS CARLYLE,
Howell had acquired the copyright of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) for £80 and six proofs, and he organised subscriptions for an engraving (see #02785, #11899). It was engraved by R. Josey, and published by H. Graves and Co. At the time of the Whistler v Ruskin trial the engraving was said to be under way (J. A. Rose to Walker, Martineau and Co., [6 Nov. 1878?], #12065). The first proofs were actually delivered on 2 December 1878 (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, I, pp. 226-27). Almost identical subscription forms were printed for Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) and Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203) (see #02412, #11682).

5.  RICHARD JOSEY
Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more].

6.  First proof
'First proof ... Whistler -' was written by C. A. Howell on the page beneath the form.