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System Number: 12734
Date: 10 October 1877
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler NB 4/1/1
Document Type: MsD[2]


Huish        
Director of Fine Arts Society Fannie[3] - 4 - 4 - 0
148. New Bond. St. Battersea Morn 4[4] ' ' ' '. 10 - 10 - 0
Oct 10th 77. Lindsey Houses[5] 5.  ' ' 6 - 6 - 0
Guitar Player[6] 2 ' ' x . . . 10 - 10 - 0
From Limehouse[7] x  . . . . . 4 - 4 - 0
Oyster Smacks[8] . . . .   6  ' '  . . . . 6 - 6 - "
Draped figure[9] 2   . . 5 - 5 - "
London bridge[10] 4. ' '    . . . . 6 - 6 - "
Weary[11] 5 - 5 - "
Amsterdam[12] . . 1   ' ' 2 - 2 - 0

 


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Notes:

1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  MsD
Sale of etchings recorded in a ledger by Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more] (see #12714). The etchings had been recently printed at the instigation of Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more] (see #12735).

3.  Fannie
Fanny Leyland (K.108).

4.  Battersea Morn 4 ' ' ' '
Battersea: Dawn (K.155). Several of the etchings are annotated with cryptic symbols. To take this example, Battersea: Dawn (K.155) was listed successively as 4 ' ' ' ' (#12734), No. 6 ' ' ' ' (#12735), and 5 ' ' ' ' xx (#12737). These numbers probably do not indicate the number of states of the etching, since Kennedy only recorded four in the case of Battersea: Dawn. It therefore seems likely that the numbers '4', '6' and '5' mean that the fourth impression of Battersea: Dawn printed at this particular time was sold first, followed by the sixth and fifth impressions. The four apostrophes, in this case, could then mean that these were impressions of the fourth state (probably the final state, as recorded by Kennedy). Finally, the 'xx', in this example, may be a record of the number of etchings left. All these notes could mean some combination or variation on these interpretations (for example, the 'x' might denote further orders, sales or returns, and other interpretations are possible).

5.  Lindsey Houses
Lindsey Houses (K.166).

6.  Guitar Player
The Guitar Player (K.140).

7.  From Limehouse
Possibly From Pickle-Herring Stairs (K.167).

8.  Oyster Smacks
Possibly Fishing-Boats, Hastings (K.158).

9.  [Draped] figure
The Model Resting (K.100).

10.  London bridge
London Bridge (K.153).

11.  Weary
Weary (K.92).

12.  Amsterdam
Amsterdam from the Tolhuis (K.91).