The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11306
Date: [October 1878/September 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Richard Holmes[2]
Place: [Windsor]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 9/716/1-2
Document Type: MsLc[3]


the White House
Chelsea Embankment

I send you down by Post registered the proof of the new plate! - "Wapping - the Dock"[5] - printed and signed by myself -

Now, my dear Director, do be a good [illegible word], get me the cheque sent down in a day or two for the "- show is afire[6]" here! I can tell you.

The price is Six guineas - voilà tout[7] and I only wish I could send you more proofs - However, in a little while I [p. 2] may have something new again -

Meanwhile this [proof?], which now is [to hand?] you will have to [press?] at once and put in good condition -

I am sure you will like the etching - just write me a line to say so - and tell me that it arrived safely and all right -

Ever yours

J. McN. Whistler

(The Butterfly) -

'(Letter to Richard Holmes - Librarian at Windsor. In copy of Wedmore Calatogue[8] from the Windsor Library.)'

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1.  [October 1878/September 1879]
Dated from JW's residence in the White House.

2.  Richard Holmes
Richard Rivington Holmes (1835-1911), Librarian at Windsor Castle and Sergeant at Arms to Queen Victoria [more].

3.  MsLc
This hand written letter copy was made on the Pennell's headed notepaper. A note '(Letter ... Library.)' has been added at the foot of the page by the copyist.

In the 1890s this was the address of Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more], and Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

5.  Wapping - the Dock
The Tiny Pool (K.173) or The Large Pool (K.174).

6.  - show is afire
JW's term for his disastrous financial affairs.

7.  voilà tout
Fr., that is all.

8.  Wedmore Calatogue
Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886, written by Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more].