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System Number: 00859
Date: 16 February 1886
Author: Dowdeswell and Dowdeswells[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D65
Document Type: ALS


DOWDESWELL & DOWDESWELLS,
FINE ART PUBLISHERS,
TWO DOORS FROM THE GROSVENOR GALLERY,
113, NEW BOND STREET,

16 Feby, 1886

TELEPHONE NO. 3779.

Dear Mr Whistler

Just a line in a great hurry to say we have a chance to sell your Plates[2] tomorrow - so that you can have £400 for them - but we shall try for 500 & keep the hundred for our trouble - so that is plain is it not?

We say chance - for it is but a chance at present & must be decided early tomorrow morning too - if our man does not alter his mind - but we shall have our work to do - in many ways - in fact it will almost rest with us - whether we care to assist the Buyer[3] or not - as the plates will if sold be bought [p. 2] by a man as a spec - & all the trouble of publishing subscribing & selling will fall on our shoulders

You will have to print the sets personally - not many in number & you will not probably receive the whole of the Coin till you have printed them - this he will stipulate for.

Our advice is of course accept the terms if they are confirmed - there is no business about & no money anywhere - - We call it a most promising matter - but it may all come to naught - it rests with yourself

Wire reply please

In great haste
D Sir
Yrs tr[ul]y

D & D


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Notes:

1.  Dowdeswell and Dowdeswells
London firm of dealers and printsellers.

2.  Plates
A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6), was issued as a speculative venture by Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell and A. W. Thibadeau. The first proofs were delivered on 2 April 1886. #08609 appears to be JW's reply to Dowdeswell. The telegram requested by Dowdeswell is untraced. See also other correspondence between JW and C. W. Dowdeswell, #08600, #11255, #00859, #08610, #08680, #09241, #08626, #08678, #08675; and lists of etchings including #00862, #08681.

3.  Buyer
Alphonse Wyatt Thibeaudau (ca 1840 - d.1892), print dealer [more].