The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10917
Date: 27 January 1882
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry Graves[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: f MS A 1412
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ALS[2]


Dear Mr Graves -

Don't forget the copy of Howell's[3] letter about the portrait of my Mother[4]!

How would you like to go in for the engraving the large picture of Mrs Meux[5] that I showed [p. 2] you the other day? -

Very truly Yours

J. McNeill Whistler

13. Tite Street

27. Jan - 1882 -

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1.  Henry Graves
Henry Graves (1806-1892), print dealer and founder of H. Graves and Co. [more].

2.  ALS
The letter is written at right-angles to the printed address. See also Messrs Graves' reply to this letter, #01804.

3.  Howell's letter
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. The letter was probably from Graves, #01797 or #01798.

4.  portrait of my Mother
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101). On 9 September 1878, this was one of two pictures deposited by Howell as security on a loan of £100 from Graves (see A. Graves to JW, 9 September 1878, #01797).

5.  picture of Mrs Meux
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229). JW planned to exhibit the picture at the 6th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1882 (cat. no. 48). He may have hoped that the Grosvenor would provide publicity for an engraving venture. Several engravers worked for the firm, including Henry Graves's brother, Robert Graves (1798-1873), line engraver [more]. However, the portrait of Lady Meux was not, as far as is known, engraved.