System Number: 01799
Date: 8 February 1879
Author: Algernon Graves
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G165
Document Type: ALS
HENRY GRAVES & COMPANY.
PRINTSELLERS AND PUBLISHERS,
6, PALL MALL, LONDON, S. W.
LONDON, Feb 8 1879
TO J McN Whistler Esq
Will you kindly sign these 55 Carlyle
Please select your copies & keep them back either 4 or [6?] I forget which Mr Howell said
Please put the "Butterfly" on 15[,] these are ordered for america - if you cannot [p. 2] sign these while the man waits I will call on Monday morning about 9.30 if you will kindly have them ready
2. 55 Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) was engraved by Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more], and published by H. Graves and Co. The first proofs were delivered on 2 December 1878 (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 226-27).
3. Mr Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], had acquired the copyright for JW's portrait of Carlyle (Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137)), and he organised subscriptions for Josey's engraving (see #02785).