System Number: 03589
Date: [10/14 November 1878]
Recipient: Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 8/5
Document Type: ALdS
I have just received this proof of the Carlyle from the Engraver and venture to send it for your aprobation -
The interest you have so kindly shown in this matter makes me hope that I am not indiscreet in so doing - while the uncertainty of the Printers work makes it dangerous to wait until the Engraving be absolutely published -
[p. 2] I had hoped to have the honor of receiving Yourself and Lord Lorne in my Studio before you leave England - but scarcely presume to ask such a favor as I know how fully your time must be taken up -
Let me thank your Royal Highness for all the kind and flattering courtesy you have shown me -
I have Madam, the honor to be
Your most obedient servant
J A McN. Whistler -
The White House
The final version of this letter has not been located. This is a fair copy or draft.
4. proof of the 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, I, pp. 226-27). However this may have been the earliest proof.
5. Lord Lorne
Sir John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell (1845-1914), Marquess of Lorne, husband of Princess Louise [more]. The Lornes were about to depart for Canada as the Marquess had just been appointed Governor General of Canada (1878-83).