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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02784
Date: 5 September 1878
Author: JW[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Theodore Allingham[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/59/2
Document Type: MsLS


THEODORE ALLINGHAM,
SOLICITOR.

55, OLD BROAD STREET,
LONDON, E. C.

5 Sep 1878.

Dear Allingham

I am quite willing to sell Mr Chas Howell[3] my interest in the Carlyle engraving[4] for £80 (Eighty Pounds) cash -. if paid to me within a fortnight - I to[o] have 6 artists proofs.

Yours truly

J. A. McN. Whistler

To T. Allingham


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Notes:

1.  JW
Letter written in another hand and signed by JW.

2.  Theodore Allingham
Theodore Frederick Allingham (b. 1845), solicitor [more].

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

4.  Carlyle engraving
The engraving of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), JW's portrait of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), historian and philosopher [more], was published in a limited edition by Henry Graves and Co of Pall Mall. 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, I, pp. 226-27). As well as acquiring the copyright and six proofs of the engraving, Howell also organised the subscription list.