The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 8th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1884
Record 13 of 14

System Number: 08654
Date: [1884?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: [Charles William] Dowdeswell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Dowdeswell -

What I meant you to understand is that I intend to offer the copyright of the picture[3] of the Lady[4] Archibald Campbell to the trade for engraving, and that I came to you first that you might have the first chance - but if you do not think you would be likely to entertain the question, do let me know, that I [p. 2] may propose it to the others -

Yours truly

J McN Whistler

13. Tite Street Chelsea

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1.  [1884]
Dated by address and reference to painting (see below).

2.  [Charles William] Dowdeswell
Charles William Dowdeswell (1832-1915), art dealer [more].

3.  picture
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) was exhibited at 8th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1884 and 103rd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1885. A photograph of the painting was published by JW in 1892 in an album Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces (pl. 19; see also Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 126) and an engraving by Muther in 1893 (Muther, Richard Geschichte der Malerei im XIX Jahrhundert, 3 vols, Munich, 1893-94, ('Whistler und die Schotten,' Vol. III, Chap. XLVIII, pp. 522-37), vol. 3, p. 523).

4.  the Lady
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].