The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08706
Date: [March/April 1886?][1]
Author: Walter Dowdeswell[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: MsD

35 Sets of 26 = 910 impr[essions]
10 Imp of 12 plates = 120 impr
  1030 impr
1030 imp at 4 s/ = £206
to deduct paid to Salmon[3]  
£16/./. pay net   £200
Payment as follows =
at once £50.  
         £50 on the delivery
  of every 200 impressions
and the entire issue of 35 sets
to be delivered before his leaving


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1.  [March/April 1886?]
Dated from reference to Venice etchings.

2.  Walter Dowdeswell
Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929), art dealer [more].The firm of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers and printsellers, published JW's A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6) in April 1886. This account relates to the printing of the etchings during the early months of 1886. See also account, #08721.

3.  Salmon
Émile Frédéric Salmon (1840-1913), sculptor and print-maker [more]. In the end, JW printed the edition; Salmon printed a set which is now in the National Gallery of Scotland.

4.  England
In February 1885, in the aftermath of JW's first delivery his aesthetic manifesto, the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' the idea of a lecture tour in America seems to have arisen. For a lengthy period between 1885 and 1886, he was intent on making the trip (see references in correspondence including JW to W. Merritt Chase, #00593; H. Wunderlich to JW, #07153; JW to O. Maus, #09235; JW to E. J. McNay, #08100). However, Dowdeswells' need not have worried as, in the end, the trip never materialised.