System Number: 03996
Date: 4 December 1891
Author: Howard Mansfield
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M267
Document Type: ALS
'Dec. 4. 91.'
21 WEST 36TH STREET.
Dear Mr. Whistler;
Last winter I was asked to give a lecture on "Original Etchings". I complied with the request and prepared a paper in which I first discussed the essential characteristics of the art and then illustrated my positions by references to the work of the masters of the art.
Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co. of this city have [p. 2] now offered to publish what I may have to say on this subject, if I will elaborate it to the size of a book. They would like to have the book illustrated with a few original etchings. I have thought of you and van s'Gravesande [sic] and Platt
e, and perhaps Church as the artists whom I would like to have make the etchings.
[p. 3] Would you be willing to make one? If you would, I should be very much pleased. On receiving a favorable reply, I will see the publishers, and as the book takes shape, the details can be arranged, after terms have been agreed upon.
I send you with this an extract from my lecture which may interest you.
[p. 4] Freer was with me the other evening, and I dare say you will soon hear from him with regard to the lithographs he is anxious to have.
December 4, 1891.
3. Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Co.
Publishers, of New York.