The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00172
Date: 18 August 1887
Author: Craibe Angus and Son[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A171
Document Type: ALS

J. A. McNeill Whistler. Esq. 464 [sic] Fulham Road. S. W.

[Glasgow emblem, and motto:] LET GLASGOW FLOURISH


18th August 1887.

Your Etchings

Dear Sir,

Our client[2] has returned to town and has carefully gone over the Proofs you kindly sent for his inspection.

He asks us to write you about two of the impressions viz:-

Lambeth (Millbank)[3] - In Wedmore's Catalogue[4] the First State of this plate is described as having written on the foreground - "The Works of James Whistler, Etchings & Dry Points, are on view at E. Thomas'[5], Publishers, 39 Old Bond Street, London" - This impression has no lettering at all - Is it the Second State of the plate.

The Guitar Player[6]. This impression has curious whitish lines running across the plate from under the arms to the feet - Kindly say if these lines are on all the impressions -

When can you send me the "Jubilee" plates[7]. We hope to sell several sets -

Our Senior[8] has not yet returned but will be here beginning of the week -

Yours faithfully

Craibe Angus & Son.

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1.  Craibe Angus and Son
Print dealers and publishers. JW had sent them etchings earlier in the month (#00169).

2.  Our client
Thomas Glen Arthur (1858-1907), clothing merchant and textile manufacturer [more].

3.  Lambeth (Millbank)
Millbank (K.71). The etching originally dated from 1861. The inscription was removed in the fifth state of etching as recorded by Kennedy.

4.  Wedmore's Catalogue
Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886.

5.  E. Thomas'
Edmund Thomas, dealer and print publisher [more]. The first catalogue of JW's etchings was Thomas, Ralph, A Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of James Abbott MacNeil Whistler, London, 1874.

6.  The Guitar Player
The Guitar Player (K.140).

7.  Jubilee plates
'Naval Review set', 1887 (K. 316-331) (excat 7).

8.  Senior
William Craibe Angus (1830-1899), Glasgow art dealer [more].