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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01139
Date: 23 January 1882
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F71
Document Type: ALS


THE FINE ART SOCIETY,
(LIMD)
148, NEW BOND ST. W.

Jan 23. 1882

My dear Whistler.

I will do my best to get to you on Wednesday morning, but I am bound to be here all this week from 11. to 1. so that if you could come & see me some afternoon it [p. 2] would be better.

I have been thinking over the engraving of Mrs Meux[2] & unless the family would guarantee a certain number of proofs, which I dont suppose you wd care to ask them, we could not engrave it -

[p. 3] I am sending Brown[3] down tomorrow for some proofs[4] [as?] we are at a complete standstill for want of them - and our balance sheet as regards that speculation looks by no means rosy at present -

Yours failly

Marcus B Huish

J A McNeill Whistler Esq


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Notes:

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

2.  Mrs Meux
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229). JW also failed to persuade the printsellers Henry Graves and Co to engrave the painting although Algernon Graves thought the firm might reconsider the matter if it was exhibited (as JW proposed) at 6th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1882, (cat. no. 48). See A. Graves to JW, 28 January 1882, #01804.

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

4.  proofs
Proofs from Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5). See E. G. Brown to JW (account), 7 February 1882. #01140.