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Documents associated with: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886
Record 15 of 54

System Number: 08610
Date: [25/28 February 1886][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

Send out at once and get the World - There is a most splendid letter of mine in answer to the paragraph in last week's answering the candidature of Arry[3] - and calling upon me for an opinion! -

I send up some more water colors for Sparkes[4] to mount - do let him do them at once[5] - that every thing may be ready for our exhibition long before hand this time -

Dont forget the Bank - !!! -

I have written [p. 2] to them to say that I am going to pay in to my account this week -

The printing room[6] will be all ready also this week -

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1.  [25/28 February 1886]
Dated from reference to the World.

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

3.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more]. Quilter had recently become a candidate for the Slade Professorship of Fine Art at Cambridge. JW's letter was published in the World on 24 February, #11401. See Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 118-23.

4.  Sparkes
Sparkes, an employee of Messrs Dowdeswell. This probably relates to preparations for 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886, which opened in May. The watercolours included Arrangement in blue and silver - The Great Sea (M.1043). See also JW to W. Dowdeswell, #08710.

5.  at once
Double underlined.

6.  printing room
JW was printing A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6), for Dowdeswell's. The first proofs were delivered on 2 April 1886 (see receipt, #00863).