The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01806
Date: 9 May 1882
Author: Algernon Graves[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G172
Document Type: ALS



LONDON, May 9 1882

TO J M McN Whistler Eq

Dear Sir

The first hundred pounds given to Mr Howell[2] on your behalf was September 1 - 1878 - and the 120£ was Octr 10 - 1878 - as to which of these refer to the portrait of your mother[3] you can find a reference to the documents I sent you copies of - You will find that [p. 2] the date of the payments is the time of your projected visit to Hughenden[4] for which purpose the money was advanced

I remain
Yours faithfully

A. Graves

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1.  Algernon Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more]. This relates to JW's request in January 1882 for copies of Charles A. Howell's correspondence concerning loans secured by JW on several portraits and nocturnes. It includes C. A. Howell to Graves, #02185. See also A. Graves to JW, #01797, #01798 and #01799.

2.  Mr Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

3.  portrait of your mother
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101); this was one of two pictures deposited by Howell as security on a loan of £100 from Graves (see A. Graves to JW, 9 September 1878, #01797). There are references to the portrait in #01797 and #01798.

4.  Hughenden
A reference to JW's unsuccessful efforts to persuade Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1882), Prime Minister of Great Britain [more] to pose for a portrait (see Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, p. 227). According to JW, whilst he was still working on Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203), Howell paid him an advance from money advanced to him by Graves on the projected portrait of Disraeli. See Pennell, Joseph, and Elizabeth Robins Pennell, The Joseph and Elizabeth Robins Pennell Collection of Whistleriana Shown in Division of Prints, Library of Congress, Southwest Pavilion, Washington, G.P.O. Library Branch, 1921, pp. 60-1.