The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09047
Date: 18 January [1888][1]
Author: Chatto and Windus[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Reading University Library
Call Number: Archives and Manuscripts: Chatto and Windus archive, C & W 2444/19
Document Type: MsLc[3]

18th Jan [6?]

Dear Mr Whistler

We are already having some enquiries about your "Ten O Clock[4]," and I should be glad to be able to say about the time when it may be expected. We [took it that?] understand from Mr Sickart[5], that you accept our offer of a royalty of 2d on all copies sold of the 1/- edition uniform with your Ruskin[6] pamphlet, we paying all expenses of printing and advertising and you reserving the American edition.

Yours faithfully

Chatto & Windus

J. McN. Whistler Esqr

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1.  18 January [1888]
JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' was published by Chatto and Windus in 1888.

2.  Chatto and Windus
London publishing firm headed by Andrew Chatto (1840-1913), publisher [more].

3.  MsLc
This is a copy in a ledger of an untraced original letter to JW.

4.  Ten O Clock
The 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' JW's chief public statement of his aesthetic ideas, would be published on 11 May; see Whistler, James McNeill, Mr. Whistler's 'Ten O'clock', London, 1888. A modest edition had already been printed by Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more] in 1885; see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, A. 8-9.

5.  Mr Sickart
Probably Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

6.  Ruskin
A reference to Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878, JW's polemic against art criticism.