System Number: 07386
Date: [5 December 1878]
Recipient: Walter Théodore Watts-Dunton
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1374
Document Type: ALS
'6 Dec 1878'
THE WHITE HOUSE,
My very dear Watts -
Do come in tomorrow at 12. o'clock -
'T W D & Whistler / '78'Theodore Watts Esq.
[stamp:] POSTAGE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON WC / 7 / DE 6 / 78
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W. / A O / DE 6 / 78
1. [5 December 1878]
Dated from postmark, and from day of week; 'Thursday' was the 5 December 1878.
3. '6 Dec 1878'
Added in pencil, in another hand.
4. Mrs FitzGerald
Mrs Fitzgerald, patron.
Possibly Nocturne in Grey and Gold (YMSM 155) or Nocturne: Grey and Silver (YMSM 156). It appears that Nocturne in Grey and Gold (YMSM 155) belonged to Lucas ('Luke') Alexander Ionides (1837-1924), stockbroker and businessman [more], and that JW hoped to profit by its sale to Mrs FitzGerald (JW to L. Ionides, #02366). Alternatively, it may have been Nocturne in Blue and Gold (YMSM 154) or another of the three Nocturnes exhibited by JW at the 2nd Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1878.
A reference to the precarious circumstances of JW's professional life rather than to a specific exhibition. He had recently won his libel case against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], but without financial recompense.
7. T W D & Whistler / '78
Endorsement written in another hand.
Written on reverse of envelope in blue pencil, in unknown hand.