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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11680
Date: [26 July 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Matthew Forster[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/63
Document Type: ALS/PD[3]


Dear Forster -

I suppose you will want one of these first proofs[4] - so sign the other side and return this to me at once for the list is filling up -

Ever Yours

J A McN. W -

PORTRAIT
OF
THOMAS CARLYLE,

FROM THE ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH LIFE-SIZE PICTURE
BY
JAMES A. McNEILL WHISTLER.

ENGRAVED IN PURE MEZZOTINT
BY
RICHARD JOSEY[5],
UNDER THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISION OF THE PAINTER.

SIZE, 14 IN. x 12 IN.

[butterfly signature]

PRICE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
SIGNED ARTIST'S PROOFS .......... £3 3 0
LETTERED PROOFS ................. 2 2 0
PRINTS .......................... 1 1 0

Over[6]

'26. July. 1878.[7]'


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Notes:

1.  [26 July 1878]
Date taken from note in the hand of Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more] (see below).

2.  Mr Forster
This was probably sent to Matthew Forster (1826-1881), barrister, of Frere, Forster and Frere, solicitors [more].

3.  ALS/PD
JW wrote a note at the top of a circular.

4.  proofs
The proofs for the engraving of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). It was published in a limited edition by Henry Graves and Co. of Pall Mall and the first proofs were delivered on 2 December 1878 (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, I, pp. 226-27).

5.  RICHARD JOSEY
Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more].

6.  Over
There is nothing on the reverse of the sheet, and no second page has survived. Most likely Forster followed JW's directions and filled in the second page of the sheet (a subscription form) and posted it off.

7.  '26. July. 1878.'
Written in the hand of Charles A. Howell in lower left-hand corner of sheet. Howell acquired the copyright of the portrait for £80 and six proofs. He also organised the subscription list. Other copies of this circular are #02785, #11899 (see also #02411).