System Number: 08674
Date: [March/April 1886?]
Recipient: Charles William Dowdeswell
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr Dowdeswell -
Kindly let your man bring down some more blotting paper tomorrow morning if possible -
J McN Whistler
The Vale -
1. [March/April 1886?]
Dated from probable reference to the printing of etchings. During this period, JW was at work printing etchings from A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6) and would have needed blotting paper as part of his materials.
2. Charles William Dowdeswell
Probably Charles William Dowdeswell (1832-1915), art dealer [more]. The firm of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell issued the second 'Venice Set' as a speculative venture, together with Alphonse Wyatt Thibeaudau (ca 1840 - d.1892), print dealer [more]. The first proofs were delivered on 2 April 1886. This letter appears to relate to JW to [W. Dowdeswell], #08632.
4. Ten O'clock
Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'Clock.', London, 1885. Reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 131-59.
5. Whistler v Ruskin
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878. Reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 21-34. JW may have been using the two pamphlets as reference while he was drafting his 'Propositions,' a list of the guiding principles behind his etching. The 'Propositions' were issued with each set of Venice etchings. See Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 76-77.