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System Number: 03997
Date: 25 February 1892
Author: Howard Mansfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M268
Document Type: ALS

'Feb. 25th 92.[2]'


Dear Mr. Whistler;

If I were to write you congratulations as often as you receive new honors, I might send you more letters than you could answer - a risk one naturally shrinks from.

So now I have to tell you of my gratification at the purchase of the Portrait of your Mother[3] for the Luxembourg - although I wish it were for our Metropolitan Museum [p. 2] - and at the decoration you have received from the Legion of Honor[4]. Such is the recognition which some day our countrymen - and possibly - but later - the English will be sorry not to have bestowed.

I see that collectors are to have some rare chances at etchings of yours in the Hutchinson[5] sale. What a pity that Mr. Hutchinson could [p. 3] not have lived longer to enjoy his collection and that Mrs. Hutchinson[6] has to part with it.

You have not forgotten, I trust, those proofs you were to select for me from the Venice etchings[7] - to come from the Fine Art Society. A friend of mine is to call for them at New Bond Street next month. Then there is that impression of Pierrot[8]. You can send that to [p. 4] me with the others, (for that comes from you I believe) or directly by mail. Only please be most careful about the wrapping, so that the print will not be in any way damaged.

And how about that etching for my book[9]? - if I ever write it.

Mrs. Whistler[10] and Miss Phillips[11] are well, I trust; please let me be cordially remembered to them.

I see Freer[12] now and then. We always talk about you.

Yours faithfully,

Howard Mansfield.

Feby. 25 / 92.

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

2.  Feb. 25th 92.
Written in pencil in another hand.

3.  Mother
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), which was bought by the French government.

4.  Legion of Honor
JW had been made Officier de la Légion d'Honneur.

5.  Hutchinson
Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), stock broker and collector [more].

6.  Mrs. Hutchinson
Louisa Henrietta Hutchinson, wife of the collector J. H. Hutchinson; the sale was at Christie's, London, on 27 February 1892.

7.  Venice etchings
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5).

8.  Pierrot
Pierrot (K.407).

9.  book
This was not completed until after JW's death: Mansfield, Howard,A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Dry-Points of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1909.

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

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

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