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System Number: 12740
Date: [16/21 November 1877][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler NB 4/9-11
Document Type: MsD[3]


Howell 16th on Sale '9[4]'
2 Storms[5]   Sold Mrs Noseda[6]  
2 Stevens & Son[7]      
2 Wych Street[8] - - Returned one Nov 17th
2 Smithfield[9] - - returned one  
1 Under Bridge[10] - - returned  
Howell Nov 19th
1 Boy[11] -   Mrs Noseda  
1 ditto -   Thibaudeau[12]  
On Sale      
Speke Hall[13] 3 - 3 - 0    
1 Draped figure[14] 3 - 3 - 0    
1 London Bridge[15] 3 - 3   0    
1 Boy 5   5   0  Seymour Haden[16]  
1 Greenhithe[17] 6 - 6 . 0    
Howell Various[18]
Smithfield 1 - 1 - 0    
Wych Street 1 - 1 - 0    
Little Fannie Leyland[19] 1 - 1 - 0    
1 Boy from Thibaudeau 2 - 2 - 0    

 

[p. 2]

'10' 19th Nov.  
  Odalisque[20] 1 . 1 . 0
  Fannie Leyland with Chair[21]
12 Sketches[22]  
  Heads[23] Various 1 - 1 - 0
  Irving[24] - 1 - 1 - 0
  on sale[25] -  
  Speke shore[26] -  

 

[p. 3]

Howell No[vembe]r 21st '11'
    Various   
  Hastings Shore[27]  1 - 1 - 0  
  Sketch - Baby ?[28] } [4 - 4 - 0][29]  
  Docks[30] - 1 - 1 - 0  
2. Little Maud[31] } 4 - 4 - 0  
  Lindsey Houses[32] } [4 - 4 - 0][33]  

 


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Notes:

1.  [16/21 November 1877]
The ledger was used from 10 October to 8 December 1877 (see #12734, #12742).

2.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. In 1877 JW was encouraged by Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], with the help of Rosa Frances Corder (1853-1884), artist [more], to print from his old etching plates (see #12735, and Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908 1, pp. 214-15.)

3.  MsD
The records in this ledger were written almost entirely by Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more].

4.  9
Printed in top corner of page; so too '10' and '11' on the following pages.

5.  Storms
The Storm (K.81).

6.  sold Mrs Noseda
Written by C. A. Howell, and concerning Mrs Jane Noseda (b. 1813 or 1814), print dealer [more].

7.  Stevens & Son
No etching is known by this title. However, Stevens and Son, engravers, at 1 and 4 Duke Street, West Smithfield, might have been the subject of Little Smithfield (K.160), which was given its present title further down on the same page. Alternatively, at one time, Charles Robert Stevens and Sons, skein silk dyers, were at 19 Eagle Wharf; and so it might be an alternative title for Eagle Wharf (K.41). (See Kelly's Post Office London Directory, London 1881).

8.  Wych Street
Wych Street (K.159).

9.  Smithfield
Little Smithfield (K.160).

10.  Under Bridge
Although London Bridge (K.153) shows the view through an arch of the bridge, JW usually called it by its full title, and indeed it was listed as London Bridge further down the page. An alternative possibility is Under Old Battersea Bridge (K.176). The latter is not dated, but stylistically it could possibly date from 1877, although 1878/1879 is more likely.

11.  Boy
The Boy (K.135).

12.  Thibaudeau
Alphonse Wyatt Thibeaudau (ca 1840 - d.1892), print dealer [more].

13.  Speke Hall
Probably Speke Hall, No.2 (K.143) rather than Speke Hall, No.1 (K.96).

14.  Draped figure
Probably The Model Resting (K.100).

15.  London Bridge
London Bridge (K.153).

16.  Seymour Haden
The name is written in another hand, possibly that of Howell. Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], had a huge print collection which included important etchings by Rembrandt and JW. Presumably this note indicates that Haden bought The Boy (K.135) either through Howell or direct from JW.

17.  Greenhithe
The Thames towards Erith (K.165).

18.  Various
JW used this word to mean any business transactions, which appear in this case to include the return or purchase of an etching previously marked as sold to Thibadeau (The Boy (K.135)).

19.  Little Fannie Leyland
The one portrait identified as showing Leyland's eldest daughter is Fanny Leyland (K.108). However, in a second version of this list (#02178) this is entitled 'Fanny Leyland with hat sitting'. Although Fanny Leyland shows her sitting, there is no sign of a hat (it is just possible that she was originally holding a hat and that this was later burnished out). It is also possible that this might refer to a seated women, either Tatting (K.112) or The Muff (K.113) (the latter may be a Mrs Herbert, but the identity is not absolutely certain).

20.  Odalisque
Possibly The Model lying down (K.121).

21.  Fannie Leyland with Chair
Fanny Leyland (K.108).

22.  Sketches
This is probably one of three etchings: Two slight sketches (K.120), Two sketches (K.122), or A Child on a Couch, No.1 (K.124). Alternatively, it could be Sketch of Ships (K.151) or Sketch of Houses (K.161).

23.  Heads
Possibly Sketch of heads (K.104) or Two slight sketches (K.120), although they are known only in cancelled states, or (perhaps more likely) the much earlier etching, Ratcliffe Highway (K.80).

24.  Irving
Irving as Philip of Spain, No.1 (K.170) or Irving as Philip of Spain, No.2 (K.171).

25.  on sale
This line and the line below were written by Howell.

26.  Speke Shore
Speke Shore (K.144).

27.  Hastings Shore
Fishing-Boats, Hastings (K.158), or possibly The Beach (K.116). The sale of this and the next four etchings was also recorded in #02178.

28.  Sketch - Baby ?
Elinor Leyland (K.109) was often referred to as 'Babs' or 'Baby' Leyland. Other 'babies' are seen in Sketch of heads (K.104) and Two sketches (K.122).

29.  [4 - 4 - 0]
A bracket points to '4 - 4 - 0' next to 'Little Maud' below.

30.  Docks
There are several possibilities including Two Ships (K.148).

31.  Little Maud
If this means a small etching of Maud Franklin, it could be Reading a book (K.111), Maude, Seated (K.115) or The Desk (K.133).

32.  Lindsey Houses
Lindsey Houses (K.166).

33.  [4 - 4 - 0]
A bracket points to '4 - 4 - 0' next to 'Little Maud' above.