System Number: 04002
Date: 15 May 1893
Author: Howard Mansfield
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M273
Document Type: ALS
'May 15. 93.'
35 WALL STREET.
Dear Mr. Whistler;
Your etchings were in place at the opening of the Chicago Fair, although no other prints were in readiness to be seen in the United States section; and at least four of your paintings were hung, while but few comparatively of the paintings by American artists were on the walls.
I received your letter as I was on the point of sending the list to Chicago for use in preparing the catalogue. Of course I made what changes I could in [p. 2] accordance with your suggestions. They could not all be made, because the frames had already gone to Chicago, and there was not time to make more. Fortunately an extra frame had gone large enough for "Annie Haden", and by leaving out "Maude" and "Speke Hall", it became possible to include "The Smithy" and "The Barber's Shop". But there were no frames of the right size for "Finette" or "The Mast", or "Cameo No. 1". I will send you a list of the fifty-nine prints which now represent you. They are chosen impres-[p. 3]sions, and make a brave show. They were hung together, three deep, on the line, in a space by themselves. But it was arranged with Mr. Ives that they should be better hung, in the best place in the upper gallery where the light is finest. There they will have the whole front of a screen thirty feet long shaped thus [diagram with dimensions '7ft 16ft 7ft'][.] I have arranged the etchings for the most part in chronological order, but so that the Venice etchings will be grouped in the centre. There, too, they will be hung in three lines.
[p. 4] Your paintings which I saw on the walls before I came away are "Lady Archibald Campbell", and "Portrait of a Lady", of about the same size,
"The "Lady of the Porcelaine Country", "The Chelsea Girl", and "Nocturne - Valparaiso". I wrote to Mr. Untermeyer about "The Falling Rocket", but it was then rather late to arrange for its going to Chicago, and I don't know whether it has been sent or not.
You and Mrs. Whistler are well, I trust. Please let me be cordially remembered to Mrs. Whistler.
May 15 / 93
To Mr. J. McNeill Whistler.
1. Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more]. He had organised a group of etchings for exhibition at the World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.
12. Venice etchings
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5), or possibly A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6).