System Number: 07966
Date: 9 August 1878
Recipient: Alfred Chapman
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/15/4
Document Type: ALS
[roundel with head of Leonardo]
Aug 9th. 1878.
Dear Jack -
I sent you by last nights train thirteen more beautiful proofs to choose from - viz:
|[column on left:]|
|Little Pool .....||2 - 2 - 0|
|Smithfield ....||2 - 2 - 0|
|Speke Avenue ...||4 - 4 - 0|
|Temple Bar ...||1 - 1 - 0|
|The little Forge ...||6 - 6 - 0|
|Wych Street ...||2 - 2 - 0|
|Guitar Player ...||10-10-0|
|Hastings ...||2 - 2 - 0|
|'Flo' ....||6 - 6 - 0|
|[column on right:]|
|Amsterdam ...||2 - 2 - 0|
|Paris ...||3 - 3 - 0|
|London Bridge.||6 - 6 - 0|
|Storm ....||5 - 5 - 0|
[p. 2] You are quite right about the frames - have them black - narrow - with a thin flat of gold - fine large white margin - the etching rather high (you will notice how I have mounted them myself) and the window mount cut close up to the plate itself - showing no margin of the etching paper -
In great haste with kindest regards to Miss Emmie,
J A McN. Whistler
Whatever proofs you don't keep, send back like a good fellow nicely packed in the same paste boards - directed to 28. Wimpole Street -
Proofs are the first one or two impressions taken from a copper-plate for each state of the etching. Some of the etchings listed here by JW had been drawn up to twenty years earlier, but he may have kept a few 'printer's proofs' in stock, or he could have made alterations to the plate recently before printing 'proofs' of a new state of the etching. On the other hand, he might be misusing the term, to indicate any good impression.
JW was concerned that the etching itself should be emphasized, not the paper on which it was printed. A year later, when he went to Venice, he was to trim etchings right down to their plate mark. The black frame was superseded in the 1880s by a white frame with inlaid brown lines.
19. Miss Emmie
Probably a relative of Chapman.