The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02780
Date: [21 June 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/51/1
Document Type: ALS[3]

'June. 1878.'

No news - and in this case it cant be good news! - Do come tomorrow to the hotel[4] at about 3 o'clock - and can you possibly bring a quid or more - Bowles[5] will probably be there and the position may be absurd about paying the ridiculous little lunch to the landlord[6] - the etching[7] is I think you will say superb! - The cheque[8] doubtless forthcoming, and the ship ought not to be damaged for a 'ha'porth of tar.'


[butterfly signature]

Friday night

96. Cheyne Walk -

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1.  [21 June 1878]
Dated from a related letter (#07380) and the date written in Howell's hand at the top of the letter. This album was constructed some years later and the dates may have been added later from memory, but given the publication date of the etching (see note below), Howell's date is correct.

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

3.  ALS
The letter was stuck in the first of two albums of documents by Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more] (see #02788).

4.  hotel
JW was etching the view from the Albemarle Hotel down St. James's Street for Vanity Fair.

5.  Bowles
Thomas Gibson Bowles (1842-1922), publisher of Vanity Fair [more].

6.  landlord
The proprietor of the Albemarle Hotel. JW owed him for lunch (see #07380).

7.  etching
A reproduction of the fourth and final state of St. James's Street (K.169a), reversed, was published in Vanity Fair, vol. 22, 2 July 1878.

8.  The cheque ... tar
This sentence was seemingly added as an afterthought as it is squeezed into the remaining available space at the foot of the page.