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Documents associated with: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886
Record 19 of 54

System Number: 10028
Date: [March/April 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Mortimer Luddington Menpes[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Document Type: ALS

It appears the distempering[3] was all done yesterday! - and I got a note last night asking when we can go down about the oil painting[4] -

Will you make an appointment with Mr Estcourt[5] for tomorrow morning? as early as before - then we could both go down and see the effect -

[butterfly signature]

What about Toby[6]? Is he coming this morning?

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1.  [March/April 1886 ?]
Dated by signature, and possible reference to an exhibition (see below).

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

3.  distempering
This may refer to a private commission for decorating an interior, or the painting of the gallery walls for 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886.

4.  oil painting
Not identified.

5.  Mr Estcourt
Estcourt, a tradesman. Since interior decoration is the context, the reference may be to the firm of Estcourt and Williams, wholesale table manufacturers, at West End Steam Cabinet Works, Blechynden Mews, Notting Hill. Estcourt is mentioned in another letter to Menpes, written on the notepaper of Messrs Dowdeswell (#10029).

6.  Toby
Toby, a relation or colleague of the artist M. L. Menpes.