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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08688
Date: [2 November 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Walter Dowdeswell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: W


[Telegraph form:] POST OFFICE TELEGRAPHS.

DATED STAMP OF DELIVERING OFFICE.
[postmark:] CLAPHAM COMMON S. W. / NO 2 / 84

HANDED IN AT THE Queens Rd Chelsea OFFICE AT 5.40 p.M. RECEIVED HERE AT 5.52 p.M.

FROM
J. Whistler

TO
Walter Dowdeswell
Brantwood Hse
Macaulay Rd Clapham.

Very sorry indeed to put off little Miss Kathie[3] to Tuesday next - shall not be rid of lady M[4] before


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Notes:

1.  [2 November 1884]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Walter Dowdeswell
Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929), art dealer [more].

3.  Miss Kathie
Catherine ('Kathie') Dowdeswell (b. ca 1866), possibly daughter of C. W. Dowdeswell [more]. This telegram may be about sittings for a portrait, but there is no other record of it.

4.  lady M
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more]; she was probably posing for Portrait of Lady Meux in Furs (YMSM 230), commissioned in 1881 with Arrangement in Black: Lady Meux (YMSM 228) and Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229). By 1886 her maid was standing in for Lady Meux and the painting was abandoned shortly after.