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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12353
Date: 1 July 1902
Author: Christopher Head[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Harry[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published[3]
Document Type: PLc


July 1st. 1902.

My dear Harry,

Graves does not in this note explain the reason why the proof was not signed by Jose (the engraver)[4] & Whistler as the others were. Whistler came down one day with his own ink and paper & told them that he alone knew the proper way to print from a plate. Up till then he had only printed etchings & did not know that a darker ink is required for a mezzotint. Hence the result is that, tho' the impression is a fine one, it is too light & Whistler not knowing the reason, & the printer somewhat naturally not being inclined to tell him, told Graves[5] to tear it up. This Graves did not do & as I wanted a proof for you & none other was to be had, he consented to let me have it.

Yrs

Christopher Head.


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Notes:

1.  Christopher Head
Christopher Head, paper maker.

2.  Algernon Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more].

3.  Published
This note was written on the verso of another (A. Graves to C. Head, 24 June 1902, #12331). Published in Campbell Fine Art Catalogue No. 2, London, February 1990 (lot 405) and sold with the mezzotint, see below).

4.  Harry
Harry, perhaps a print collector or dealer.

5.  Jose (the engraver)
A misspelling of Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more]. The proof was a mezzotint copy of JW's portrait Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

6.  Graves
Algernon Graves (1845-1922), of H. Graves and Co., print dealers [more]. The mezzotint was published by the firm in 1878.