System Number: 08616
Date: [27 September 1885]
Recipient: Walter Dowdeswell
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS
KING WILLIAM STREET,
STRAND, W. C.
My dear Walter -
How do you like the proofs? - Isn't "the Garden" lovely? -
Now I want you to help me to the best of your capacity -
I must know the whereabouts of every one of my little pictures -
You promised [p. 2] that you would give me the address of each one by referring to the catalogues -
Envelope:Walter Dowdeswell Esq.
133. New Bond Street -
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON W. C. / [G 7?] / SP 27 / 85
1. [27 September 1885]
Dated from postmark.
The letter is written at right-angles to the printed address.
Probably Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), barrister and collector [more], who bought twenty-nine drawings on 1 July 1885 (see Dowdeswell list, #00867). Theobald told Pennell that he purchased 'some thirty or forty drawings or pastels through the Dowdeswells' (see Studies for the Mummy Cloth & Notes for Dress (M.568)). See also receipt, #00858.
6. Flesh color & grey
Probably 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.
It seems that JW intended to visit America in c. October 1885, at least intending on reaching New York and perhaps elsewhere (see JW to W. Merritt Chase, #00593, and H. Wunderlich to JW, #07153). Helen Lenoir (1852-1913), née Coupar Black, actress and stage manager [more], later wrote that she expected him to take his lecture to America in 'about September' 1886 (H. Lenoir to R. D'Oyly Carte, #00927). However, he never made it across the Atlantic, probably due to his increasing involvement with the Society of British Artists (he was elected President on 1 June 1886) and his intensifying rivalry with Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].