The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08721
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

350 Sets of 26 Etchings = 910 780 impressions
10 Impressions of 12 Plates = 1820 impressions
  1030 impressions
1030 impressions at 4/. = (£206)
(Paid to Salmon[3] £16/./.  
all out of pocket) - so say £200


Payment as follows:
£50 at once.

£50 on the delivery of every future 200 impressions, and the entire issue of 35 sets to be delivered before Mr Whistler's departure from England[4].

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1.  [March/April 1886?]
Dated from reference to Venice etchings and to Salmon (see note below).

2.  Walter Dowdeswell
Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929), art dealer [more]. The firm of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers and printsellers, in collaboration with Alphonse Wyatt Thibeaudau (ca 1840 - d.1892), print dealer [more], published 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.

3.  Salmon
In about March 1886, Émile Frédéric Salmon (1840-1913), sculptor and print-maker [more] printed a set of impressions of the Venice etchings, although, in the end, JW printed the full edition of A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6).

4.  departure from 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 of 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, Dowdeswell need not have worried as, in the end, the trip never materialised.