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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899
Record 49 of 54

System Number: 11282
Date: [10/12 August 1899?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 10/874
Document Type: TLc


5 CROMWELL PLACE[3], S. W.

Saturday.

My dear Heinemann -

Enclosed cheque for Ivanhoe[4] dividend - so thats all right -

We are off - and you see by my writing from Lavery's[5]

Last night charming - my compliments to your Sister[6] and my best thanks and regard[s] to your wife[7] -

[butterfly signature]


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Notes:

1.  [10/12 August 1899?]
This must date from after Heinemann's marriage in February 1899. The phrase 'We are off' suggests JW was about to leave London, but his movements during the summer are not documented. He went abroad several times, visiting the coast of France as well as Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Paris. This letter may date from a brief visit to London in mid-August, after which JW went abroad with Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more]. Since JW was writing from the house of John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more], and all three (JW, Lavery and Ludovici) were members of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, 'We' may refer to JW and Ludovici. However, it is also possible that 'We' meant JW and Lavery, or Lavery may have been an additional member of the expedition.

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

3.  5 CROMWELL PLACE
The house of John Lavery. JW may have been visiting or staying with Lavery. In another undated letter to W. Heinemann, JW mentioned that he was going to stay with Lavery, but that appears to date from the period around the beginning of the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899 (#11289).

4.  Ivanhoe
The Ivanhoe was a celebrated western Australian gold mine (see Truth, vol. 42, 8 July 1897, p. 100). The London and Globe Corporation had acquired control of the mine and instigated a major share flotation (460,000 shares at £2). Heinemann's brother helped JW to invest in shares. See also JW to W. Heinemann, #08482, and #08800.

5.  Lavery's
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more].

6.  Sister
Miss Heinemann, sister of the publisher W. Heinemann.

7.  wife
Magda Stuart Heinemann (m. 1899), née Sindici, pseudonym 'Kassandra Vivaria', writer [more].