System Number: 06290
Date: 10 July 1886
Author: Frederick Wedmore
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W284
Document Type: ALS
THE BURLINGTON FINE ARTS CLUB,
17, SAVILE ROW, W.
Saturday: 10 July: '86.
Dear Mr. Whistler,
I should like to come and see you as soon as ever I can about a Catalogue of your Etchings, to which I have for some time been giving my leisure & which I should have mentioned earlier were it not that its actual publication seemed uncertain until quite lately - and the last week or so have been disturbed by the fatal illness of my mother. But now, after Tuesday, I should like to come [p. 2] and see you - any time Wednesday: any time Friday: or
on the any time on Thursday except between 12 and 5. Perhaps you would kindly let me know if either of these days would be convenient?
I had better tell you
you a little about the Catalogue, now. I began making it for my own use since I have taken not only to extremely enjoy but to live with a good many of your Etchings. In consenting to And in America, Avery's collection helped me. But owing to the great number of the Etchings, I have found it more laborious than I expected, and in consenting [p. 3] to finish it and to prepare it for actual publication, I have taken from Thibaudeau - let me speak frankly - very much less money than I should have wanted for an equal amount of work bestowed on another matter.
I mention this that you may quite understand that I do it rather en amateur (as indeed I did my Méryon) and very much because I wish to do what in me lies to make a lasting and I hope a not unpleasant record of
work which to this portion of your Art, to many of the qualities of which I used to be blind.
Without taking up your time very much, there are a good many little things of interest you could tell [p. 4] me about some of the plates. And I should be delighted to have anything from you on the matter. That is why I want to see you just now. But if you should disappoint me by
ta preserving a "benevolent neutrality" as to my little enterprise instead of taking some slight active interest in it, as I want you to, you may be quite assured that it will be carried out by me, in just the same appreciative spirit - for now that I know your Etchings, I feel their quality very fully. The best will live with the best of Rembrandt's.
Very truly yours
2. BURLINGTON FINE ARTS CLUB
JW had also been a member until forced to resign in 1867.
3. Catalogue of your Etchings
Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886. As far as is known, JW did not give Wedmore any help.
Alphonse Wyatt Thibeaudau (ca 1840 - d.1892), print dealer [more]; he was also co-publisher, with Messrs Dowdeswell, of A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6).
F. Wedmore, Méryon and Méryon's Paris: with a descriptive catalogue of the artist's work, London, 1892.