The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01129
Date: 15 March 1881
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F61
Document Type: ALS

148, NEW BOND ST. W.

Dear Whistler

I beg to acknowledge your letter[2] of "thanks" for getting you the £300.

As regards the printing of the plates[3] -

Under the agreement you have to print for us 20 sets - gratuitously [p. 2] or rather they are included in the cost -

I understand that at present only some five complete sets have been printed & these have cost us already about £70. We cannot therefore afford to go on [p. 3] at this rate if we are ever to see our money back again - so please finish up the 20 sets as we are anxious to publish them & we must get the remainder finished off elsewhere - We shd of course wish you to print them but of course any no price that would we [p. 4] could pay would pay you[4].

We propose to close the Pastels Exhibition[5] at the close of the two months which is up next week -

Yours failly

Marcus B Huish

15. Mar 81

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

2.  your letter
This possibly relates to two letter drafts, JW to M. B. Huish, #01127, #01128.

3.  plates
JW was printing Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5).

4.  pay you
Huish was in dispute with JW over whether he should be paid for printing the Venice etchings according to the terms of their agreement. In what appears to be a draft reply to this letter, JW claimed payment of two guineas per set. See JW to M. B. Huish, #01126.

5.  Pastels Exhibition
Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881.