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System Number: 01300
Date: 18 October 1895
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F232
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES
[Royal coat of arms]
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION. 1879
MELBOURNE. 1880
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR VIENNA. 1883
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON." [...]

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

18th Octr 1895.

Dear Mr Whistler

I have lost no time in seeing Way[2] & the following is what I would propose.

That we should hold the Exhibition in December - That if possible I should obtain the postponement of the Exhibition which [p. 2] would otherwise take place in the room[3] you had before.

That we should show there from 100 to 150 of your lithographs to be selected by you - Mr Brown[4] if necessary running down to go through them with you -

We need then trouble you for nothing more save to receive a check at the close of yr show.

With regards to terms we must charge you 25%, which everybody pays & which even if we realize a handsome total does not do much [p. 3] more than meet our current expenses.

As to sales to the trade if you allow us to make them we would charge you 10% on the nett amount. of d

The framing which need not be a costly item would be in a large measure met by adding the cost to the lithograph - Any small balance would be deducted from the first proceeds before commission was charged.

[p. 4] I think therefore that there need not be any great trouble for you which I certainly do not wish to give you -

If the terms are agreeable I should know shortly for it will need some persuasiveness to get the Exhibitor who holds the field to postpone his show.

Believe me to be
Sincerely

Marcus B Huish

Poor old Way[5] seems to be in a great state at the seduction of some of his clients by Goulding[6] -


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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]. He was planning Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895, which opened on 7 December 1895.

2.  Way
Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), printer, lithographer and painter [more].

3.  room
For Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883.

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

5.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

6.  Goulding
Frederick Goulding (1842-1909), printer and print-maker [more].