J McNeil [sic] Whistler, Esquire, 364 [sic], Fulham - road S. W.
[emblem of Glasgow, with motto:] LET GLASGOW FLOURISH
W. CRAIBE ANGUS.
FINE ART GALLERIES,
159, QUEEN STREET, GLASGOW.
Jany. 21 '87.
Mr dear Sir -
Your New Venice Etchings
I have purchased from the Dowdeswells for one of my best amateurs a Set of your Etchings. This amateur holds some of your pictures and a large number of your etchings. He is anxious to have good impressions from the plates. Would you kindly oblige both him and myself by selecting a set of the best impressions and writing his and your own name somewhere on them. Something like the following would do:- Selected for T. G. Arthur, Esquire. by J. McNeil [sic] Whistler.
If Mr. Arthur had not a strong feeling for your art I should not have troubled you thus. Hoping you may be willing to render us this service,
W C Angus.
The Messrs Dowdeswell would take care that I received the copy so inscribed.
W C A
Messrs. Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, print dealers.