System Number: 11482
Date: 31 January 1866
Recipient: James Anderson Rose
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/Ms
Dated 31 January 1866
Mr. J. A. M. Whistler
Mr. J Anderson Rose
Power of Attorney
J Anderson Rose
11. Salisbury St Strand
[p. 2] TO ALL TO WHOM these presents shall come
James Abbott McNeill Whistler of No. 7 Lindsey Row Chelsea in the County of Middlesex Artist Sends Greeting WHEREAS the sd Jas A McNeill Whistler is about to leave England & proceed to America.
NOW THESE PRESENTS WITNESS that the said James Abbott McNeill Whistler doth hereby make ordain constitute and appoint James Anderson Rose of No 11 Salisbury St Strand in the County of Middlesex Gentleman his true and lawful Attorney and Agent for him and in his Name or otherwise and on his behalf to negociate [sic] for the sale and to sell fifteen etched copper plates and to receive the money and give receipts in the name of the said Jas Abbott McNeill Whistler for the same and as part of the conditions of such sale to undertake and agree in his name that he will not publish any other etchings in England or elsewhere within two years of the date of such sale and also that he will give up all proofs taken from the sd 15 etched copper plates except 6 sets* of impressions to be kept or given by the sd J A M Whistler to his relations or friends but not to sell the same.
AND GENERALLY DO PERFORM AND EXECUTE ALL AND EVERY SUCH ACT AND ACTS DEED AND DEEDS IN AND ABOUT THE PREMISES AS HE THE SAID James Anderson Rose SHALL THINK PROPER AS FULLY AND EFFECTUALLY TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES WHATSOEVER AS THE SAID James Abbott McNeill Whistler MIGHT OR COULD DO IF PERSONALLY PRESENT AND ALSO TO SUBSTITUTE AND APPOINT ANY PERSON OR PERSONS TO ACT UNDER OR IN THE PLACE OF THE SAID Jas Anderson Rose IN ALL OR ANY OF THE MATTERS AFORESAID AND EVERY SUCH SUBSTITUTION AT PLEASURE TO REVOKE THE SAID James Abbott McNeill Whistler HEREBY AGREEING TO RATIFY AND CONFIRM WHATSOEVER THE SAID James Anderson Rose OR HIS SUBSTITUTE OR SUBSTITUTES SHALL LAWFULLY DO OR CAUSE TO BE DONE IN OR ABOUT THE PREMISES BY VIRTUE OF THESE PRESENTS.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF THE SAID James Abbott McNeill Whistler HATH HEREUNTO SET HIS HAND AND SEAL THE DAY OF IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY SIX
SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED }
'James Abbott McNeill Whistler' [LS?]
IN THE PRESENCE OF } Lawson Jas McCreary } Clerk to Mr Rose
Written in another hand; groups of related legal documents were numbered, possibly by Rose's clerk.
3. leave England
JW was due to leave for Valparaiso, Chile where he would spend the next eight months as a bystander in the Chilean-Peruvian conflict with the Spanish government.
4. copper plates
Before leaving, he instructed Rose to act on his behalf for the sale of fifteen etched copper plates. These probably included etchings from the Thames Set such as The Little Pool (K.74), Old Hungerford Bridge (K.76) and Battersea Reach (K.90).
5. of impressions ... sell the same.'
The end of the sentence was added at the bottom of the page, marked with an asterisk.
JW hoped to sell the plates to P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., printsellers. In #11485 (which probably precedes this document) JW asks Rose to lodge the proceeds of the sale in his bank account. However, Colnaghi's declined (see #11845), as the price asked by JW seems to have been too high.