The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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Record 9 of 18

System Number: 12466
Date: [1890/1898?][1]
Author: Mortimer Luddington Menpes[2]
Place: London
Recipient: William Heinemann[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[4]

A few days ago I sent you a copy of my print of Mr. Whistler[5] [...] I have tried and some (Mr. Swinburne[6], Mr. Burne Jones[7], and others) think I have succeeded in putting a certain element of satire into the portrait [...]

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1.  [1890/1898?]
Dated by the known association of Menpes and JW. The end date is provided by the death of Burne-Jones.

2.  Mortimer Luddington Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

3.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

4.  PLfc
Published in sale catalogue, American Art Association, New York, 13 January 1922 (lot 169). The original has not been located. The sale catalogue locates Menpes in 'Fulham' and says that the letter was signed but undated.

5.  print of Mr. Whistler
Menpes etched numerous portraits of JW around 1885, such as M. L. Menpes, Six Portraits of Whistler (z179). He also took photographs of JW (see Menpes, Mortimer, Whistler as I Knew Him, London, 1904).

6.  Mr. Swinburne
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), poet and critic [more].

7.  Mr. Burne Jones
Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898), painter and designer [more].