The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08675
Date: [April/May 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles William Dowdeswell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS

This is the best in color of the lot you have sent me - and, unless you find other fairer still, will probably do -

It must however not be at all redish [sic] in color - rather greenish on the contrary -

The arrangement for the Portfolio[3] of course I meant to be in brown paper & Gold -

indeed the thing to do is [p. 2] to get from Huish[4] or little Brown[5] one of the portfolios I did for them first s Venice, First Series[6] -

Ours is Second Series[7] - and upon their portfolio, which is in brown paper and gold, we might with very little variation make ours in five minutes -


The letter for Paris[8] is being put into serious French - so that's all right -


The "Propositions[9]." are being revised and you shall have them tomorrow for the printer, or certainly the day after - I am perfectly wild with work - so don't venture to come near me!

[butterfly signature[10]]

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1.  [April/May 1886?]
Dated by reference to the publication of etchings (see below).

2.  Charles William Dowdeswell
Charles William Dowdeswell (1832-1915), art dealer [more], or possibly his son, Walter.

3.  Portfolio
The portfolio for A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6), which was to be made of brown paper, like JW's catalogues and pamphlets.

4.  Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

5.  Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

6.  Venice First Series
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5).

7.  Second Series
A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6). The first etchings were printed in April 1886 and the last plates cancelled in July 1887 (see MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night Whistler in Venice, Aldershot, 2001, pp. 120-126).

8.  letter for Paris
Not identified.

9.  Propositions
Whistler, James McNeill, 'Propositions.' In A Set of Twenty-Six Etchings by Whistler', (portfolio), London, 1886 and #13165.

10.  butterfly signature
Signed at the top of p. 1.