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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01010
Date: [June/September 1885?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry Edward Dixey[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D216
Document Type: ALS


Dear Mr. Dixey -

Your telegram[3] crossed mine - the second one you received last night! -

The Gods are therefore determined I shall receive this courtesy at your hands - and of course I am only too pleased to accept it - for you know the great delight I take in your work -

Certainly I can never see your most artistic and [p. 2] dainty performance[4] too often. -

Very many thanks -

[butterfly signature]

Will Monday next be all right for the first sitting[5]? Two o'clock -

454A Fulham Road -


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Notes:

1.  [June/September 1885?]
Dated by Dixey's stay in London and reference to portrait (see below).

2.  Henry E. Dixey
Henry Edward Dixey (1859-1943), burlesque actor [more].

3.  telegram
Dixey's messages have not been located.

4.  performance
Dixey was the star and co-author of the 'Burlesque Nightmare', Adonis: A Perversion of Common Sense, by William Gill, in which a statue comes to life, but finds humans so unpleasant he willingly turns back into marble, having impersonated famous people along the way. It opened at the Bijou Theatre, New York, 4 September 1884 until June 1885, when it transferred to London. In September of that year, Dixey returned to America, and Adonis became the longest-running Broadway musical to date. Dixey would add topical references as the run progressed and the audience kept coming back to see his latest inventions.

5.  first sitting
This letter presumably dates from just after one referring to the preparation of the canvas (#01009). Portrait of Henry E. Dixey (YMSM 356) was either never completed or has disappeared.