Documents associated with: Cassatt, Alexander Johnston
Record 4 of 6
System Number: 08633
Date: [June/July 1886?]
Recipient: Walter Dowdeswell
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS
Dear Walter -
I hope & trust that you have sent off the papers I at last found & posted to you for Mr Cassatt's lawyer -
Please write me at once a line to say that they have gone on the steamer to America -
Have you ordered the paper from the Printer in Paris? -
Did you see what a lovely state [p. 2] I have put your Nocturne Furnace in? -
Had you not better subscribe five guineas to the Suffolk St ballot? - The proof you know is a beauty and you can sell one of these days for more than that! - Also you have beside five chances of getting five damned things that you could sell immediately!
Send round the circulars enclosed.
3. Mr Cassatt's lawyer
The lawyer (unidentified) for JW's patron Alexander Johnston Cassatt (1839-1906), engineer, collector [more]. The 'papers' referred to by JW may relate to Arrangement in Black, No. 8: Portrait of Mrs Cassatt (YMSM 250), commissioned by Cassatt in 1883 but only recently completed and sent to America. JW himself considered it unfinished.
4. paper from the Printer
Possibly a reference to Émile Frédéric Salmon (1840-1913), sculptor and print-maker [more], who printed a few impressions of plates from A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6) in Paris before JW decided to print the edition himself (see MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night Whistler in Venice, Aldershot, 2001, pp. 121-2).
6. Suffolk St ballot
A reference to the Society of British Artists, later the Royal Society of British Artists at Suffolk Street. JW was elected a member on 21 November 1884 and President on 1 June 1886. JW had organised a lottery to raise funds for the Society in July 1885. The prospectus (#09363) ran: 'The first fifty Subscribers of £5. 5S. will receive an etching by Mr J. McN. Whistler (after which the plate will be destroyed), in addition to five chances in the Ballot. Tickets - one guinea each. To be obtained from any of the Members.' The etching was The Fish-Shop, Busy Chelsea (K.264).