The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09083
Date: [9 August 1864][1]
Author: JW and Henri Fantin-Latour[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Edwin Edwards[3]
Place: Sunbury on Thames
Repository: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Document Type: ALS

7. Lindsey Row
Old Battersea bridge


Dear Charles Price -

We intended to have written to you at once, but what with falling asleep in the evening and hoping to finish what seems an interminable picture[4] in the day time, it has been put off - I should like you so much to come up and dine with us on Friday, and bring if possible in a portfolio your etchings[5] with you - We could spend [p. 2] a jolly evening together and choose the necessary plate for Cadart[6] - to whom by the way, Fantin thinks it useless to send anything for the 15th - You have only to write and say that you will let him have one shortly - We are working hard and are most anxious to get through these two pictures[7] before leaving - So that for a few days more, the visit[8] to Sunbury will have to be put off - With our best compliments to [p. 3] Mrs Edwards[9], we are my dear Charles

tout à vous

Jim Whistler

et Fantin

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Edwin Edwards Esq
Thames Bank House
Sunbury on Thames
[postmark:] LONDON S.W. / B / AU10 / 64


1.  [9 August 1864]
Dated from the postmark and the day of the week. The paper is postmarked 'A Pirie & Sons' and is simlar to that used in #09082.

2.  Henri Fantin-Latour
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more]. Fantin was on his third visit to England from July to October 1864, working on a number of commissions.

3.  Edwin Edwards
Edwin Edwards (1823-1879), lawyer, painter and etcher [more].

4.  picture
JW may have been working on Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and possibly La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

5.  etchings
Edwards was a keen artist who, encouraged by JW and others, became a prolific etcher of landscape and architectural views. His most noted etched set was Old Inns of England (1873-1881).

6.  Cadart
Alfred Cadart (1828-1875), dealer and print publisher [more].

7.  two pictures
See above. JW had just completed Wapping (YMSM 35).

8.  visit
The visit may not have been made until September (#09084).

9.  Mrs Edwards
Elizabeth Ruth Edwards (ca 1833 - d.1907), née Enscombe, wife of Edwin Edwards [more].