System Number: 05118
Date: [9/23 December 1887]
Recipient: William George Rawlinson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R18
Document Type: ALdS
What could have possessed you my dear good Rawlinson to write me that voluntary resumé of your own irrelevant "persuasions" in Art!! -
Your letter, that I had put aside, to properly attend to, in the matter of business, has just turned up in looking over odd papers - those which [p. 2] none odder than your own naï
vef little well meant advice admonishing - Now I do wonder what condition of dulness bewilderment could possibly induce me solemnly to offer you my views of your proceedings in the City!! -
Curiously enough too, you bring to my notice your former shiftlessness, - for these same "Venice Etchings" you are now asking for, are the ones you before now
had ventured to discuss - and wagged your amiable head over as - unworthy! -
God will forgive you! - but he will never tell you -
Moreover if you
lik wish it I will paint you another to take its' place if you wish it, as an entirely new Transaction -
And I am
my Dear Rawlinson
J M Whistler -
3. BEEFSTEAK CLUB.
The letter is written at right angles to this embossed heading, which thus appears in the right margin.
5. Venice Etchings
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5), or A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6).
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119), which required some sort of restoration, repainting and/or re-varnishing on several occasions, and is now greyish black rather than the dark blue it apparently was originally (see Rawlinson to JW, 19 February 1888, #05123).