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System Number: 02138
Date: [November 1861?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Arthur James Lewis[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H239
Document Type: ALS

Dear Lewis

Can't find anything among my old plates that will do for your work[3] - but will at once begin, and finish two small etchings[4] as I promised - though, by the way, I think Millais[5] might furnish one - enfin -

Dont forget you are to smoke a cigarette at my little box on Wednesday evening

Je vous serre la pince[6]

Jemmie Whistler.

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1.  [November 1861?]
Dated from references to etchings which were published on 1 December 1861 (see below).

2.  Lewis
Probably Arthur James Lewis (1824-1901), painter and illustrator [more].

3.  work
Passages from Modern English Poets was first published in 1862 by Day & Son, London with forty-seven etched illustrations by the Junior Etching Club. A larger quarto edition was published by William Tegg in 1876. Both JW and A. J. Lewis contributed to the 1862 volume. Lewis's contributions were A Spring Morning, Spring in the Meadows, The Mountain Stream, The Cornfield and The Path through the Forest (Plates 20, 20, 23, 36 and 39 respectively).

4.  small etchings
JW's etchings The Punt (K.85a) and Sketching, No.1 (K.86a) were both printed on 1 December 1861, and published in Passages from Modern English Poets, London, 1862 (Plates 7 and 45). The Punt (K.85a), then called The Angler, illustrated John Hamilton Reynold's The Angler's Soliloquy. Sketching, No.1 (K.86a), then called A River Scene, illustrated Charles Mackay's poem of the same name.

5.  Millais
John Everett Millais (1829-1896), artist [more]. His contribution was Summer Indolence (Passages from Modern English Poets, London, 1862, Pl. 10)

6.  Je vous serre la pince
Fr., (lit. 'I shake your paw') a cordial greeting. This sentence and the signature are written at right-angles at the top of the sheet.