The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08701
Date: [March/October 1886?][1]
Author: Walter Dowdeswell[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: AD

a short Resumé of the principles[3] held by him in this matter

   No 2 Doorway[4] & Vine
   3 Wheelwright
   4 San Biagio
   5 Bead Stringers
   12 Nocturne Palaces
   16 Long Lagoon
[tick]17 The Bridge
   19 Upright Venice
   21 Little Court.
   24 Riva No 2
   32 The Balcony
[tick]39 Ponte Piovan
[tick]40 Garden
   41 The Rialto
   42 Long Venice
   44 Furnace Nocturne
[tick]47 Quiet Canal

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1.  [March/October 1886?]
Dated from reference to Venice etchings. Printing of The Rialto (K.211) and Little Court (K.236) was completed by 6 October 1886 when both plates were cancelled (see MacDonald, Margaret F., Palaces in the Night Whistler in Venice, Aldershot, 2001, p. 122).

2.  Walter Dowdeswell
Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929), art dealer [more]. This list relates to the printing of etchings from A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6). The set was issued as a speculative venture by Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, together with Alphonse Wyatt Thibeaudau (ca 1840 - d.1892), print dealer [more]. The first proofs were delivered on 2 April 1886. Lists, receipts and accounts document the printing process, including #00859, #08680, #08681; #08721, #08706.

3.  principles
This relates to JW's 'Propositions,' a list of the guiding principles behind his etching. The 'Propositions' were issued with each set of Venice etchings. Reproduced in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 76-7.

4.  Doorway
Doorway and Vine (K.196); Wheelwright (K.233); San Biagio (K.197); Bead-Stringers (K.198); Nocturne: Palaces (K.202); Long Lagoon (K.203); The Bridge (K.204); Upright Venice (K.205); Little Court (K.236); The Riva, No.2 (K.206); The Balcony (K.207); Ponte del Piovan (K.209); Garden (K.210); The Rialto (K.211); Long Venice (K.212); Nocturne: Furnace (K.213); Quiet Canal (K.214).