The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06237
Date: [30 July/August 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: William Webb[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W232
Document Type: ALS[3]

St. Judes Cottage - Heath End -
Hampstead -


Dear Mr. Webb

Thats all right! so far - and I think your Clerk would be gratified to know that he was greatly approved of, and considered to have done his part with much firmness & pluck! - So you might perhaps tell him this -

The opinion also is that had there been [p. 2] no gathering of our forces today on the spot, the enemy would have obstinately continued their course and have pushed through the sale of the picture[4] "any how"! -

Your Clerk will have told you that I had an idea and sent him a short note which I think you would approve of, and that he read it out with excellent effect! -

Now what will be the next step? -

I suppose we will get possession of the picture?

You are coming to dinner I [am] glad to know one evening this next week -

and about the studio we will arrange directly - for the pictures will be greatly advanced almost immediately -

I wish you would write and tell me if you have any answer from the Editor of the "Artist"[5] , about the cutting I sent? -

With kindest regards and congratulations upon your good looks!

[butterfly signature]!

[p. 3] 'Whistler'[6]

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1.  [30 July/August 1896]
Dated from a related letter from JW to W. Webb, #06236. '1896' is written on p. 1 in another hand.

2.  William Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

3.  ALS
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.

4.  picture
Unidentified. A couple of days previously, JW discovered it listed under his name in a sale catalogue published by Messrs. Robinson & Fisher, a London firm of auctioneers. The sale seems to have taken place on 30 July 1896. JW asserted, presumably through the clerk at the actual sale, that the painting was not him.

5.  Editor of the 'Artist'

6.  'Whistler'
'Whistler' is written in another and.