The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09394
Date: [January/August 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William George Rawlinson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 14/1255/4
Document Type: PLfc[3]

Dear Mr Rawlinson.

I have just completed the most important and picturesque etching[4] I have yet done, and am publishing the proofs myself here - and so write to ask if you would care to go in for one - - [...]

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1.  [January/August 1879]
Dated by known association with Rawlinson, and printing of etchings (see below).

2.  William George Rawlinson
William George Rawlinson (1840-1928), silk merchant, collector [more].

3.  PLfc
The original has not been located. This is a partial copy, from sale catalogue, Grasberger, Philadelphia, ca. 1926, lot no. 43, p. 18. It is described as a 'ALS, 1 ½ pp., 8vo', for sale at $35.

4.  etching
The description 'important and picturesque' could be applied to The 'Adam and Eve', Old Chelsea (K.175), which was published by Messrs Hogarth early in 1879, and to both Old Battersea Bridge (K.177) and Old Putney Bridge (K.178) published by the Fine Art Society in August 1879. The letter could have been written before he sold the plates to these print publishers (see letters from JW to M. B. Huish, 14 March, 7 April and 6 August 1879, #01098, #01099, #01103). However, JW could be referring to another large etching of the period, such as The Large Pool (K.174), which was never published.