The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02813
Date: 18 December [1876][1]
Author: James McNeill Whistler
Place: London
Recipient: [none]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/112
Document Type: ADS[2]

Dec 18 -

[butterfly signature]

Potage[3] aux huitres .
 Poulet roti -
   Salade de Celeri -
    Pouding aux pommes -
Café -

Whistler[4] wrote out a menu every morning - these he treasured as if they were drawings - sometimes as a special favour he would present a distinguished guest with one, make a note of it, and place it in the Japanese Cabinet[5] where he kept the whole collection - CAH -

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1.  18 December [1876]
JW's account with Charles, the fishmonger, included a bill for oysters on 18 December 1876 (#08848).

2.  ADS
The menu, in JW's hand, was stuck into an album, probably by Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], who wrote the note below it.

3.  potage
The menu, written in French, consisted of oyster soup, roast chicken, celery salad, and apple pudding.

4.  Whistler
This note was written and signed by Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

5.  Japanese Cabinet
This may have been the cabinet, now housed in Leighton House in London, which was the subject of JW's final quarrel with Howell. See Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, [1882].