Documents associated with: portrait, of JW
Record 10 of 18
System Number: 01256
Date: 7 October 1892
Author: Ernest George Brown
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F188
Document Type: ALS
BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
[Royal coat of arms]
TO H. R. H. THE PRINCE OF WALES.
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1879.
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR VIENNA, 1883.
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON."
PLEASE ADDRESS ALL LETTERS TO THE SOCIETY.
THE FINE ART SOCIETY, LIMD
148, NEW BOND ST.
Oct 7th 1892
Dear Mr Whistler,
The compensation for the proded [sic] proofs has been handed over, 11/11. Not a handsome sum and they might have made it even money. 5/11½ of the loss falls upon the British Government and 5/11½ on the French. Still it is a triumph to make them pay something. Thanks for the trouble you have taken.
[p. 2] I hope you have been able to commence printing "The Beggars" and "The Doorway" [.] I am sorry to worry you about it but I am anxious to show them. Please remember to send the destroyed plate of "The Palaces." Mr Thompson is coming to Paris [-] perhaps he would bring it back with him.
I sold your portrait as Mr Punch by Charles Keene to Howard Mansfield[.] It is a very clever drawing indeed.
I hope you have considered my proposal for an exhibition of your water [p. 3] colours or pastels. It would be a big business if you would do it here.
Yours very truly
Ernest G. Brown.
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1. Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].
2. proded [sic] proofs
ie, 'prodded proofs'. A reference to a batch of etchings which had been damaged during inspection by Customs; see #01248 and subsequent correspondence between JW, Brown and Huish: #01249, #01251, #01252 and #01254.
3. The Beggars" and "The Doorway"
The Beggars (K.194) and The Doorway (K.188) for Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5).
4. The Palaces
The Palaces (K.187).
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].
6. Charles Keene
Charles Samuel Keene (1823-1891), etcher, cartoonist and illustrator [more]. Possibly he means a drawing by George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more], with JW sitting in the initial letter 'Q', published in Punch, 27 October 1860, p. 163.
7. Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].