The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01102
Date: [4 August 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F33
Document Type: ALd

Dear Sir -

I will let Mr Huish[3] have the plate of "Old Battersea Bridge"[4] at the same price I originally asked him for the "Old Putney Bridge"[5] - viz. one hundred & ten guineas -

I shall keep for my own private collection one proof of each state - and two

I shall only stipulate for two proofs of the complete condition of the plate - keeping of course one proof of [p. 2] each of the preparatory or trial states for my own private collection -

The plate is a very successful piece of biting in and in perfect working order -

It will give I believe from 40 to 50 proofs without trouble - I will print the first 20 myself - If after this I think that a new state of the plate could be made, I engage to do so for another sum of 10 guineas and three more proofs -

I shall call tomorrow evening at between 5 & 6 o'clock - When Mr Huish will perhaps kindly have been kind enough to have his decision[6] with you - for if he does not wish care to risk it I should like to lose no time in proceeding on my own account -

Very faithfully Yrs


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1.  [4 August 1879]
Dated from M. B. Huish's reply (#01103).

2.   Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  Mr Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

4.  Old Battersea Bridge
Old Battersea Bridge (K.177) was published by the Fine Art Society in 1879.

5.  Old Putney Bridge
Old Putney Bridge (K.178) was also published by the Society in 1879.

6.  decision
Huish replied to this letter saying that he understood Old Battersea Bridge to be a commission (see M. B. Huish to JW, #01103). See also M. B. Huish to JW, #01098, #01099, #01100 and JW to M. B. Huish, #01101.