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System Number: 13887
Date: [September/November 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler 292, p. 71
Document Type: AD[3]


Resumé -

Prestige of the Work of Art & privelege [sic] of the Artist -

Established : The absolute right of the Artist to control the destiny of his handy [sic] work -

The divine right of the Artist to pay damages, and so rid himself cleanly of the carelessly incurred, and pertinaciously unbecoming company of this herein tofore completely discovered, penetrating, peresevering [sic], planning, devising, Valentine designing, pestilential & entirely matagrabolising personage -

who forthwith pockets the sum - unthinkingly, unblushingly, inevitably! - and again outragious outrageously justifies the judgement!

[p. 2] To
those confrères across the Chanell [sic], who with a pluck and [5][...]

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1.  [September/November 1898]
Dated by the reference to proofs and related correspondence; see, for instance, JW to Heinemann, [18 October 1898], #09143.

2.  William Heinemann
This was probably either sent to William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more], or to Sidney Southgate Pawling (d. 1922), business partner of the publisher W. H. Heinemann [more].

3.  AD
This is a pencil draft of the 'Resumé' in Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: the Baronet & the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, London, 1898. It is bound in a unique interleaved copy of the book, immediately before three proofs of the printed page. The first is in the form of this draft, but with spelling mistakes corrected. The second has a manuscript addition to the statement, 'Established : The ABSOLUTE RIGHT of the Artist to control the destiny of his handiwork -', adding, 'and at all times, and in all conditions, to refuse to its delivery his handiwork into unseemly and ridiculous keeping -'. In the last sentence, 'again' is changed to 'once more'. In the third version of the page these changes were printed, the heading and underlined words were capitalised, and a different butterfly was added; in this form it was published: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

4.  Resume
Written in blue crayon, as is 'pestilential &', and the final phrase 'outrageously justifies the judgement!'. In addition the alteration of 'cleanly rid himself' to 'rid himself cleanly' is indicated in blue.

5.  pluck and
This is an incomplete draft of JW's dedication, which was first printed to read: 'To / Those Confrères across the Channel who, with a pluck and delicacy all their own, "sat hard" during this struggle, these decrees of the Judge are affectionately dedicated'. In the same copy of the book, JW's suggested addition after 'their own,' reads 'refraining from intrusive demonstration,' and he suggested a new placing of a new butterfly, with a note in pencil 'The drawing to be reduced so that the horizontal lines will be about the length of the ones in this / The Butterfly would then be less than half size -' (MS Whistler 292, f. 33). This page is followed by JW's splendid drawing of a proud butterfly with its barbed tail reaching across the water (Butterfly beside the sea (M.1554)) and proofs of the final butterfly (Butterfly beside the sea (M.1555)) and the final page as printed (Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24], Glasgow University Library, MS Whistler 292, pp. 33-39).