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System Number: 11484
Date: 14 May 1866
Author: Joanna Hiffernan[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/3/2
Document Type: ALS


[monogram, crest and motto:] JAMcNW

Dear Sir,

Being at the present Moment rather in want of Money[5], owing to the fact that none of Mr Whistler's pictures[6] have yet been Sold I take the liberty of asking you if you - would be willing to lend me ten pounds for which [p. 2] I will give you as security any one of Mr Whistlers, - Sea views[7] that are now at Mr Rosettis[8] [sic]. would you kindly drop me a line to let me know if you could - oblige me in this -

and believe
Me yours very truly

Joanna Hiffernan

May 14th 1866 -

[p. 3] To J. A. Rose Esqr

'Hiffernan[9] 14 May 1866

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1.  Joanna Hiffernan
Joanna Hiffernan (b. ca 1843), JW's model and mistress [more].

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  '49'
Pencil note in another hand in upper left-hand corner; related documents were numbered, possibly by Rose's clerk.

4.  [monogram:] JAMcNW
Monogram 'JAMcNW' with the motto 'VINCERE AUT MORI' (Lat., 'conquer or die') under the crest of a mailed arm and hand holding a dagger. This is the crest and motto of the McNeills of Colonsay; JW was not, however, related to them.

5.  Money
JW was in Valparaiso, Chile, during the Chilean conflict with Spain and would not return to London until September 1866. Before he left, he made a will in Joanna Hiffernan's favour on 31 January (#11483) and gave her power of attorney to manage his affairs (#12127).

6.   pictures
Possibly a reference to Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56), The Artist's Studio (YMSM 62) and Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63). All were probably still in JW's studio. In addition, Rose had just failed to sell some of JW's etching plates to the dealers, Colnaghi's (#11845).

7.  Sea views
This may be a reference to the seascapes painted by JW at Trouville in northern France in the autumn of 1865, including Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 64) and Crepuscule in Opal: Trouville (YMSM 67).

8.  Rosettis
Probably Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

9.  Hiffernan ... Whistler
Written in another hand, possibly that of J. A. Rose.