THE WHITE HOUSE,
Now go at once this very day to Chatto & Windus - Piccadilly - you know Swinburnes publishers, and ask for several copies of Whistler's pamphlet. [p. 2] and you are not to give them away! but to make everybody else get them also at Chatto's - so that the run on the thing may keep up! - Miss Bird must go herself too - The ladies you know are the ones to win the world with and especially they must eagerly cry out in full Piccadilly for Whistlers pamphlet!
J A McN. Whistler
1. [c. 31 December 1878]
Dated from reference to Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878, which has the date of 24 December 1878 on the cover.
3. THE WHITE HOUSE,
The address heading is embossed on page.
6. Chatto & Windus
London publishers of Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.
8. Whistler's pamphlet
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.
9. Miss Bird
i.e. Alice L. Bird (see above).
A mezzotint of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), was engraved by Richard Josey during the summer of 1878. According to Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. I, p. 227, the first proofs were delivered on 2 December 1878.
Henry Graves (1806-1892), print dealer and founder of H. Graves and Co. [more]. The firm published the mezzotint of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).