The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13352
Date: [August 1886/1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow
Call Number: GLAHA 46117, pp. 7-8
Document Type: AD

Proofs - originals given[3]

Turkeys -... 5,
Quiet Canal. 2
Little Court ... 8..
lobster pots - 2
Upright Venice 2 5
Fruit stall - 1.
Rialto - 1.
Balcony - 1.
Lagoon noon - 1.
Ponte Piovan - 1.
San Biagio - 1.
San Biagio (doubtful) (7)
Wheelwright - 1.
Wheelwright (reserved) (2.)
Balcony. 1.
Balcony. (doubtful) (2)
Riva No 2 - 1.
Riva No 2 (doubtful) (6)
[p. 2]  
San Giorgio - 1.
Salute dawn (doubtful) (1)
Long Venice - (doubtful) (1)
Nocturne Palaces - 1.
Doorway & vine - (doubtful) (1)


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1.  [August 1886/1887]
Dated from the rest of the sketchbook, Sketchbook (M.1145), which includes, for instance, a draft letter from JW to H. Labouchère, [21 August 1886], #13353. See also #09014, #13353, #13356, #13357.

2.  Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell
Messrs Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell published A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6), and the etchings listed below are from this set: namely Turkeys (K.199), Quiet Canal (K.214), Little Court (K.236), Lobster Pots (K.235), Upright Venice (K.205), Fruit-Stall (K.200), The Rialto (K.211), The Balcony (K.207), Lagoon: Noon (K.216), Ponte del Piovan (K.209), San Biagio (K.197), Wheelwright (K.233), The Riva, No.2 (K.206), San Giorgio (K.201), La Salute: Dawn (K.215), Long Venice (K.212), Nocturne: Palaces (K.202) and Doorway and Vine (K.196).

3.  Proofs - originals given
JW used certain terms loosely. 'Proofs' should mean the first impressions from a copperplate, but JW used the term more broadly, perhaps because it implied rare early impressions and could increase the value of an individual impression. The term 'originals' used here is very strange, because all impressions were original prints, that is, they were not photographic or mechanical reproductions. 'Reserved' may mean that a collector was thinking of buying that particular print. 'Doubtful' may mean JW's records were incomplete. The complete list may be a record of JW's stock of etchings or of those sent to Dowdeswell.