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System Number: 00620
Date: 24 February 1889
Author: Theodore Child[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C121
Document Type: ALS


PUBLICATIONS PÉRIODIQUES DE
HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW-YORK

THEODORE CHILD
99, AVENUE DE VILLIERS

PARIS,

LE 24 Feb. 1889

Dear Mr Whistler

Enclosed is a final proof of the "Balcony[2]", and a proof of "Miss Corder[3]", of which the face needs to be simplified and flattened. This latter retouche[4] is now being done.

These engravings are, alas, far from perfection; I am grieved to say so; but at the same time I hope that you will not find them unintelligent and utterly to be condemned. Your works are terribly difficult to engrave.

Will you kindly write me a line to say whether you are satisfied with our efforts? Will you also tell me what I am to do with the original picture of the Balcony? Is it to be returned to you at London or do you intend to send it to the Univ. Expos.[5]?

Yours faithfully

Theodore Child


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Notes:

1.  Theodore Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more].

2.  Balcony
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56), published in Child, Theodore, 'American Artists at the Paris Exhibition,' Harpers New Monthly Magazine, vol. 79, no. 472, September 1889, pp. 489-521, p. 491.

3.  Miss Corder
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203).

4.  retouche
Fr., retouching.

5.  Univ. Expos.
Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889. JW replied that he wanted the paintings returned (#00622).