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System Number: 03996
Date: 4 December 1891
Author: Howard Mansfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M267
Document Type: ALS

'Dec. 4. 91.[2]'


Dear Mr. Whistler;

Last winter I was asked to give a lecture on "Original Etchings". I complied with the request and prepared a paper in which I first discussed the essential characteristics of the art and then illustrated my positions by references to the work of the masters of the art.

Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co.[3] of this city have [p. 2] now offered to publish what I may have to say on this subject, if I will elaborate it to the size of a book. They would like to have the book illustrated with a few original etchings. I have thought of you and van s'Gravesande[4] [sic] and Platt[5]e, and perhaps Church[6] as the artists whom I would like to have make the etchings.

[p. 3] Would you be willing to make one? If you would, I should be very much pleased. On receiving a favorable reply, I will see the publishers, and as the book takes shape, the details can be arranged, after terms have been agreed upon.

I send you with this an extract from my lecture which may interest you.

[p. 4] Freer[7] was with me the other evening, and I dare say you will soon hear from him with regard to the lithographs he is anxious to have.

Wishing to be cordially remembered to Mrs. Whistler[8] and Miss Phillips[9] [sic],

I am
Yours faithfully,

Howard Mansfield.

December 4, 1891.

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1.  Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

2.  Dec. 4. 91.
Date added in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]; in pencil.

3.  Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co.
Publishers, of New York.

4.  van s'Gravesande
Carel Nicolaas Storm van 's Gravesande (1841-1924), printmaker and painter [more].

5.  Platt
Charles Adams Platt (1861-1933), architect, garden designer, etcher and painter [more].

6.  Church
Arthur Herbert Church (1834-1915), painter of landscape and still-life [more].

7.  Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

8.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

9.  Miss Phillips
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].