The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01444
Date: 16 September 1888
Author: Mary Bacon Ford[1]
Place: London
Recipient: George Henry Lewis[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F376
Document Type: ALS

S. F.

29 Berners St -
Oxford St - W:

September 16 '88

George Lewis: Esq:
Ely Place: High Holborn -

Dear Sir:

The enclosed[3] from Mr Whistler reached us yesterday the 15th:

Mr Ford[4] & I will call upon you in the early afternoon tomorrow - to learn if convenient to you - your decision upon the contract[5] we propose - and to discuss in the event of your not yet having forwarded it to Mr Whistler - the advisability of our going to France[6] with it at once - which - though most anxious to gain time - we would rather not have to undertake:

Very respectfully Yours

Mary: Bacon: Ford:

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George Lewis: Esq -
10-11 Ely Place:
High Holborn
W. C.
[postmark:] LONDON W. / P 7 / SP 17 / 88 / 72
[postmark on verso:] LONDON E. C. / Y 7 / SP 17 / 88


1.  Mary Bacon Ford
Mary Bacon Ford, née Martin, art agent [more].

2.  George Henry Lewis
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more].

3.  enclosed
See JW to M. B. Ford, #01443.

4.  Mr Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

5.  contract
The Fords hoped to become JW's art agent in America. The contract being put before JW focussed on a series of etchings to be entitled 'Whistler's American Etchings'. However, as JW soon found out, it gave principal control over his affairs to the Fords and a syndicate of New York investors (see M. B. Ford to JW, #01448, letter dated 27 September 1888). See also JW's correspondence with the Fords during this period (see #01449; #01451; #01443; #01449).

6.  France
JW was in France on a working honeymoon, after his marriage to Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more] on 11 August. Apart from a brief spell in London in mid September, the Whistlers remained there until about early November.