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System Number: 11974
Date: 3 September 1873
Author: Horace Jee[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Charles William Deschamps[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/23
Document Type: ALS[3]

2 Lindsey Houses

September 3. 73

Msr. Deschamps

Dr. Sir,

Will you kindly order from Mr. Parsons[4] two dozen 2 doz: copies of the photogram of Mr. Whistler's picture[5].

Yours truly
per pro Jas Whistler

H. Jee

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1.  Horace Jee
Horace Jee, musician, JW's occasional secretary [more].

2.  Charles William Deschamps
Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), art dealer [more].

3.  ALS
'24' and '4' written in unknown hands at top left of p. 1.

4.  Mr. Parsons
John Robert Parsons (ca 1826 - d.1909), painter, photographer, and art dealer [more].

5.  picture
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), was photographed by Parsons late in 1872 (see #07906, and MacDonald, Margaret F., 'Whistler: The Painting of the 'Mother',' Gazette des Beaux-Arts, LXXXV, February 1975, pp. 73-78, pp. 79, 87 n. 28). From this time on many of his works were photographed. JW probably sold some of these photographs, gave others away as presents and gave some to dealers to show prospective clients. Both Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), print-publisher, collector and philanthropist [more], and George Aloysius Lucas (1824-1909), art dealer in Paris [more], who both collected and sold JW's work, also acquired numerous photographs. For instance, on 21 September 1873 Lucas noted 'called on Whistler, who was painting portrait of Mr Winans - got photos from him.' (Randall, Lillian, ed., George A. Lucas: An American Art Agent in Paris, 1857-1909, Princeton, 1979, vol. 2, p. 220).