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Record 5 of 6

System Number: 11025
Date: [December 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Leslie Ward[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: ALS[3]

Charming my dear Leslie! -

we are delighted with the drawing[4] -

I believe the enclosed is what you said -

Come and see us -


[butterfly signature]

Tower House - Chelsea

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1.  [December 1888?]
Dated from address and butterfly signature. In addition, the reference to 'we' suggests a date during the period shortly after JW's marriage to Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

2.  Leslie Ward
Leslie Ward (1851-1922), journalist ('Spy') and portrait painter [more].

3.  ALS
Facsimile published in Ward, Sir Leslie, Forty Years of 'Spy', London, 1915, p. 299.

4.  drawing
Ward made a celebrated caricature of JW in 1878 that was published in Vanity Fair (see 'Men of the Day. No. CLXX. Mr James Abbott McNeill Whistler' by Jehu Junior with "A Symphony," a portrait by Spy, Vanity Fair, 12 January 1878). In Ward's memoir, the facsimile is published alongside the story of the caricature, suggesting a connection. However, as this letter dates from much later is it unlikely that the 1878 caricature is being referred to here.