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System Number: 11136
Date: [11/18 July 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[3]

[...] I have seen the little death song of Poor Piccadilly[4] - quite sad and touching! with its charming last smile. [...]

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1.  [11/18 July 1878]
This letter dates from shortly after the last issue of Piccadilly: Town and Country Life on 11 July 1878 (see below).

2.  Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton
Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more].

3.  PLfc
This letter extract was published in Maggs sale catalogue 417, London, Christmas 1921 (cat. no. 3273), described as 'A.L.S. (Butterfly) ... 1 page, oblong 8vo. N.D. Circa 1877' for sale at £4 10s. The original has not been located.

4.  Piccadilly
Watts-Dunton was editor of the short-lived weekly Piccadilly: Town and Country Life, which was launched in May 1878. Maria M. Grant (fl. 1870-1885), novelist, backer of the journal Piccadilly [more]. JW's lithotints, The Toilet (C.10) and The Broad Bridge (C.11), were drawn for Piccadilly and published on 4 and 11 July 1878. The journal then failed completely, so two more lithotints, Early Morning (C.9) and The Tall Bridge (C.12), printed for the July 18 issue, were never published (see Whistler, James McNeill, The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, Chicago, 1998, pp. 66-83).