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System Number: 01216
Date: [October 1887/1888?][1]
Author: The Fine Art Society
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F148
Document Type: PD/Ms


THE FINE ART SOCIETY,
LIMD
148, NEW BOND ST, W.

BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
[Royal Coat of Arms]
TO H. R. H. THE PRINCE OF WALES.

[etc.]

J McNiel [sic] Whistler Esq

1 proof The Little Hat[2] 6 6 0      
1   "   Doorway. Grays Inn 10 10 0      
1   "   Barbers Shop. Chelsea 12 12 0      
1   "   Battersea Bridge. 3 6 6 0      
1   "   Beach Ostend 5 5 0      
        40 19 0
less. 20%  8  3
        32 16 0
Printing 5 dozen[3] @ 5 guineas per dozen 26  5
        59  1 0
less contra account as per receipt 13 10
      £  44 5 11

 


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Notes:

1.  [October 1887/1888?]
Dated by reference to The Beach, Ostend (K.354), etched presumably on JW's visit to Belgium in the autumn of 1887.

2.  1 proof The Little Hat
The etchings listed were The Little Hat (K.335), Doorway, Gray's Inn (K.300), The Barber's (K.271), Old Battersea Bridge (K.177) and The Beach, Ostend (K.354). All dated from 1887 except Old Battersea Bridge (K.177), which had been bought and published by the FAS in 1879: the low price probably covered JW's printing costs rather than the full cost of an impression of this large and important print. The high prices for Doorway, Gray's Inn (K.300) and The Barber's (K.271) may reflect their rarity, for they were printed in very small editions.

3.  Printing 5 dozen
The FAS commissioned and published Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5). A guinea (£1.1.0) for printing twelve impressions of any of these etchings was quite a modest fee. JW continually re-negotiated the charge for printing impressions for the edition, which was still incomplete at his death.

4.  [p. 2]
In JW's hand, in pencil.