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Record 8 of 42

System Number: 05353
Date: [1/20 February 1885?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Philip Robinson[2]
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R248
Document Type: ALS


Dear Robinson -

Miss Lenoir[3] is in Germany - tout simplement -

She is coming back I fancy by the end of the week -

Why not? - Of course do go and see her - but you know it [p. 2] is ages ago since you meant to call with my card! and every one of us gets restless at last -

Come down and see me some afternoon when you can take the train as far as Walham Green - 454. Fulham Road or in the morning early to The Vale -

Also do tell Robertson[4] to send me back by hand if not to [sic] bothering, my proof of Ten O clock[5] - and the Ruskin Pamphlet[6] -


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1.  [1/20 February 1885?]
Before 20 February 1885, when JW first gave the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture (see note below). Also dated from reference to Helen Lenoir.

2.  Philip Robinson
Philip Stewart Robinson (1847-1902), journalist, naturalist and author [more].

3.  Miss Lenoir
Helen Lenoir (1852-1913), née Coupar Black, actress and stage manager [more].

4.  Robertson
Robertson, unidentified.

5.  Ten O clock
The 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' JW's major public statement of his aesthetic ideas, which he would shortly deliver for the first time at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly.

6.  Ruskin Pamphlet
A reference to Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878, JW's polemic against art criticism, published in the aftermath of his libel case against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

7.  Always ...
The remainder of the letter is written at right-angles in the left-hand margin.