The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08567
Date: [15/18 November 1891?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS


Cher[3] et grand Editeur: Fin de siècle!

What news?

Did you find Manzy[4]? and is all right - Send me a line - or wire me one word if the colours[5] came out well - [p. 2] Don't "ring me up" for I am out all day -

When are you back? I see you have fallen into the clutches of the Mackenzie Evans[6]!

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [15/18 November 1891?]
Dated from the address and reference to lithographs (see below); this letter appears to date from shortly after #08461 and before a letter to R. de Montesquiou, #11544. The reference to the 'end of the century' is a little confusing; another hand has inserted '[1900]' at the top, perhaps as a result.

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

3.  cher
Fr., dear and great editor: the end of the century!

4.  Manzy
Michele Manzi, of Manzi, Joyant et Cie, publishers.

5.  colours
In June 1891 JW discussed with Stéphane Mallarmé the possibility of working in colour lithography, and may have made contact with Lemercier for that purpose. By late October or November 1891 he was in contact with Henri Belfond (fl. 1891-1894), lithographic printer [more], and printed several colour lithographs there, Nude Model, Back View (C.45), Draped Figure, Standing (C.46). Back in London he drew Draped Figure, Reclining (C.56) on transfer paper, and it was probably transferred to stone and printed back in Paris. It is possibly this lithograph to which JW is referring. See Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 1, cat. no. 55.

6.  the Mackenzie Evans
Unidentified. He may have been a doctor.