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System Number: 13913
Date: 3 July 1878[1]
Author: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PD/AS[3]


PORTRAIT OF THOMAS CARLYLE,[4]
FROM THE ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH LIFE-SIZE PICTURE
BY / JAMES A. McNEILL WHISTLER.

ENGRAVED IN PURE MEZZOTINT
BY / RICHARD JOSEY[5],
UNDER THE IMMEDIATE SUPERVISION OF THE PAINTER.

SIZE, 14 IN. x 12 IN.
[butterfly signature]

PRICE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
SIGNED ARTIST'S PROOFS   ... ... ... £3  3  0
LETTERED PROOFS          ... ... ... ...   2  2  0
PRINTS                           ... ... ... ... ...   1  1  0

 

NAMES OF SUBSCRIBERS RECEIVED BY
CHARLES A. HOWELL,
CHALDON HOUSE, FULHAM, S. W.

[p. 2] PLEASE ENTER MY NAME AS A SUBSCRIBER TO THE PORTRAIT OF THOMAS CARLYLE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FORM HERETO APPENDED, AS FILLED AND SIGNED BY ME.

PRICE TO SUBSCRIBERS. NUMBER OF COPIES. NAME AND ADDRESS.
SIGNED ARTIST'S PROOFS ... £3  3  0 One J Anderson Rose 11 Salisbury Street Strand
LETTERED PROOFS ................ £2  0  0  
PRINTS ...................................... £1  1  0  

 

DATE ....3d July 1878..................................
TO .....James M Allam Abbott McNeill Whistler Esquire &c ...&c....&c...............................................

[p. 3] '75'
3d July 1878
Howell
Subscription for Carlyles portrait by Whistler engraved by Josey,


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Notes:

1.  3 July 1878
This pre-dates a similar subscription form promising 'first proofs' of the engraving and dated 26 July 1878 (JW to Forster, #11680).

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

3.  PD/AS
The document appears to have been filled in by Rose, and kept by him with legal documents relating to JW, hence the numbering on p. 2.

4.  PORTRAIT OF THOMAS CARLYLE,
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], had acquired the copyright of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) for £80 and six proofs, and he organised subscriptions for an engraving (see #02785, #11899). It was engraved by R. Josey, and published by H. Graves and Co. At the time of the Whistler v Ruskin trial the engraving was said to be under way (J. A. Rose to Walker, Martineau and Co., [6 Nov. 1878?], #12065). The first proofs were actually delivered on 2 December 1878 (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, I, pp. 226-27). Almost identical subscription forms were printed for Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) and Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203) (see #02412, #11682).

5.  RICHARD JOSEY
Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more].