UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05464
Date: [December 1888 / January 1889?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: George Washburn Smalley[2]
Place: [Queenstown][3]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S109
Document Type: ALdS


[two butterfly[4] signatures]

The only kind of ["]repartee" left me, my dear Smalley, after reading certain brilliant and dainty paragraphs[5] which must be surely history - "comment on devrait l'écrire[6]"! -

[butterfly signature]


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Notes:

1.  [December 1888 / January 1889?]
Dated from the butterfly signatures, and from the fuller, final version of the same letter at #05463.

2.  George Washburn Smalley
George Washburn Smalley (1833-1916), journalist and Times correspondent [more].

3.  [Queenstown]
The final (longer) version of this letter mentions Queenstown as Smalley's destination (#05463).

4.  butterfly
JW appears to be trying out or demonstrating three forms of butterfly signature; the first has a trefoil behind it, such as he added on his marriage to Beatrix Godwin in 1888; the second is in the simple form used to sign lithographs at this date; the third (at end of letter) is a variant on the first, but is in a slightly more untidy mode.

5.  paragraphs
Unidentified.

6.  comment on devrait l'écrire
Fr., as it ought to be written.