The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11112
Date: [24 December 1878/11 January 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Andrew Chatto[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C296
Document Type: ALS

[roundel with head of Leonardo]


Dear Mr Chatto -

I fear we have made a great mistake in neglecting to send a copy[4] to Tommy Bowles[5]! - Vanity Fair ought to have had one immediately - Dont you think it might be done tomorrow morning with a slight line from yourself to say that Mr Whistler had put one aside from the first and that you are sorry to find that [p. 2][6] by some mishap it had not been posted -

The private address is
T. Gibson. Bowles Esqr
Cleve Lodge
Hyde Park Gate -
Kensington -

[butterfly signature]

Very faithfully Yours

J A McN. Whistler

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1.  [24 December 1878/11 January 1879]
Dated from reference to Whistler v Ruskin: Art & Art Critics, and date of article in Vanity Fair (see note below).

The letter head is embossed.

3.  Andrew Chatto
Andrew Chatto (1840-1913), publisher [more] of Art & Art Critics.

4.  copy
On 24 December 1878, JW published a bitter pamphlet, satirising London art critics and setting out his case in the trial of Whistler v Ruskin, his recently won libel case against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. See Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.

5.  Tommy Bowles
Thomas Gibson Bowles (1842-1922), publisher of Vanity Fair [more]. Vanity Fair published a review of the pamphlet on 11 January.

6.  [p. 2]
One horizontal and one vertical line have been drawn through the text on this page, apparently in JW's hand.