The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12261
Date: [28 February 1874?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [Sherriff][2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: MsDd

I hereby give you notice that the following pictures portrait viz! an oil painting a portrait painted in oil of Mrs. Whistler[3] painted by me an oil portrait of James A Mc. Whistler painted by W Boxall[4] R.A. and an oil picture painted by Fantin[5] now on the premises 80a Brook St[6] Bond St seized by you on the 27th day of Feb. 1874 by order of a writ of [illegible] issued in an action wherein, one Fanny Mansfield Marks[7] is plt [i.e. plaintiff] & Wm McNeill Whistler is Deft. [i.e. defendant] are my property and are not the are property of the said W McN Whistler and I hereby request require you forthwith to give possession of the sd. pictures to me or my agents or servants


to the [Shff?] of [illegible]

To Mr [Slowman[8]?] his officer

And to the above named ply his attn. or agent

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1.  [28 February 1874?]
Dated by references to paintings in a letter from W. G. McNeill Whistler to James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more], on 28 February 1874 (#12233; not transcribed).

2.  [Sherriff]
This is probably a draft of a request to the sherriff who had sequestered goods belonging to William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

3.  Mrs. Whistler
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more].

4.  W Boxall
William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more]; whose painting, W. Boxall, Portrait of J. Whistler (z76), was returned to JW and came with his estate to the Hunterian Art Gallery

5.  Fantin
Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more]. The picture may be H. Fantin-Latour, Nature Morte (FL. 182) (z72).

6.  80a Brook St
The address of William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

7.  Fanny Mansfield Marks
Fanny Marks (Mrs Edward Mansfield Marks), executrix of W. R. S. Markwell.

8.  Slowman
Slowman or Showman, sheriff's officer.