The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02988
Date: 13 August 1879
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 3/5
Document Type: ALS


Dear Sir -

Can you do you think make it convenient to call here tomorrow morning at about half past ten or so on your way to town - I have something to propose[2] -

Meanwhile I send herewith - 8 - more p[roofs][3] of the Old Battersea bridge[4] -

I have I believe sold one of them [to][5] [p. 2] Mr Way[6]. 21. Wellington Street. Strand -

He saw the etching at my place the other day and said if you would send him proof marked "9." he would give you a cheque for same -

I said I believed you would ask six guineas for the proofs -

Faithfully Yours

J A McN. Whistler

Aug 13. 1879.

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1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  propose
JW's proposal may have been an offer of new states of earlier etchings. On 14 August, Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more] noted (#13019) that JW printed proofs of etchings including Amsterdam from the Tolhuis (K.91) and Speke Hall, No.1 (K.96).

3.  p[roofs]
The missing text in this letter is due to the corner of the page having been torn off.

4.  Old Battersea bridge
The etching Old Battersea Bridge (K.177) was published by the Fine Art Society in 1879. On 14 August, Maud Franklin noted the delivery of the eight proofs (#13008). However, JW still had some way to go, having promised 40 to 50 proofs in total (see JW to E. G. Brown, #01102).

5.  [to]
There is at least one word missing from this torn area.

6.  Mr Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. JW had presumably sold a proof of K.177 to Way.