The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01153
Date: 11 January 1883
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F85
Document Type: ALS

148, NEW BOND ST. W.

11 Jan 83.

Dear Whistler

Enclosed is check for £100 in full for all claims against us for printing the Venice Etchings[2] to date - From now it is agreed that you will print them whenever required for five 'guineas' a set of twelve, you providing the paper extra help &c -

I am reminded that there is a sum to deduct [p. 2] for the printing press but this perhaps it will be as well to keep separate & you will settle it with Mr Brown[3].

Fai[thfu]lly yours -

Marcus B Huish

The man is to wait on you respecting the decoration[4] on Saturday morning at 11 -

[p. 3] 'Now Huish![5] now my dear Huish! - you know you said Guineas - You proposed that the Board should send me a cheque for a hundred guineas and I at once agreed - gratefully as is my wont -

I am sure that the hundred pounds that reached me is only a mistake -'

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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.  printing the Venice Etchings
For some months, a dispute had lingered between Huish and JW over how much JW should be paid for printing Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5). See M. B. Huish to JW, #01139, #01129, #01143, #01146; E. G. Brown to JW, #01140; JW to M. B. Huish, #01127, #01128, #01145; see also MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night Whistler in Venice, Aldershot, 2001, p. 88 et seq.

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

4.  decoration
The yellow and white scheme of decoration that JW had chosen for his forthcoming exhibition, Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 310-12.

5.  Now Huish! ... mistake
This is a pencil draft in JW's hand for JW to M. B. Huish, #01153.