The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07380
Date: [21 June 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Walter Théodore Watts-Dunton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1368
Document Type: ALS

'22 July 1878'[3]

Dear Pic[4] -

The etching for Tommy Bowles[5] is about finished - and very fine I believe - I am to complete it tomorrow -

I do wish you could look in at the Albermarle [sic] Hotel - corner of Albermarle St - and Piccadilly - I am up there on the Terrace - ask for me and you will be shown up - Come at 3. o'clock or before - 2 if you can would be better - Bowles comes at half past - [p. 2] he will be ready to pay immediately - but there might be an awkward moment about a few shillings that I have had to order in the way of lunch and that I couldn't let Vanity Fair suppose I required - Cant you help me for the nonce?

Do look in -

Ever Yours -

[butterfly signature]

I have seen Way[6] - and after this devote myself entirely to Piccadilly -

Friday night[7]

No stamp[8]
as usual! -

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Theodore Watts Esqr
Ivy Lodge -
Werter Road -
[stamped:] '2d'[10]
[postmark:] LONDON - S. W. / X 7 / JU 22 / 78
[postmark (on verso):] LONDON - S. W / Z 7 / JU 22 / 78


1.  [21 June 1878]
Dated from 'Friday night', which was 21 June in 1878.

2.  Walter Théodore Watts-Dunton
Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more].

3.  '22 July 1878'
Added in another hand, in pencil, based on the postmark.

4.  Pic
Watts-Dunton was editor of the short-lived weekly Piccadilly: Town and Country Life, which was launched in May and failed in July 1878 (see #11136).

5.  etching for Tommy Bowles
JW was etching the view from the Albemarle Hotel down St. James's Street for Thomas Gibson Bowles (1842-1922), publisher of Vanity Fair [more]. Since he worked directly on the copper-plate, St. James's Street (K.169a) showed the view in reverse. The image was reversed for publication so that it looked exactly like the scene.

6.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. He prepared and printed the lithographic stones for JW's lithotints, The Toilet (C.10) (W.6) and The Broad Bridge (C.11) (W.8), which were drawn for Piccadilly and published on 4 and 11 July 1878.

7.  Friday night
Added in space on left of page.

8.  No stamp ... Forgive!
Added in space on right.

9.  'Whistler'
Written in another hand, in pencil.

10.  '2d'
JW had not stamped the envelope and so 2d was the higher rate for delivery.