The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07003
Date: [17 January 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Gibbs McNeill Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W992
Document Type: ALS

Waldo's[3] address is
Palazzo Barberini -
Rome -

I heard from him the other day - and he and Mrs Waldo[4] are there for the winter -

Look in todays World - I fancy you will find Arry[5] on the Spit again! - though this time it is not I who turn the handle -

[p. 2] I don't know exactly when I shall look in though I want to dine and pass an evening with you both soon - we might talk things over -

Do get the Christmas number of the Detroit Free Press[6] - price 3d - It is charming - so playful and pretty beside the dull heavy laboured and vulgar things here -

You and Nellie[7] will be delighted with "Radamanthus Pratt, and his Elephant" - and the "Ahkoond of Swatt[8]" is a masterpiece -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [17 January 1887]
This letter probably goes with an envelope with this postmark (#06711).

2.  William Gibbs McNeill Whistler
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

3.  Waldo's
Thomas Waldo Story (1854-1915), sculptor [more].

4.  Mrs Waldo
Ada Maud Story (1856-1932), née Broadwood [more].

5.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more].

6.  Detroit Free Press
This edition of the Detroit Free Press has not been located.

7.  Nellie
Helen ('Nellie') Euphrosyne Whistler (1849-1917), née Ellen Ionides, JW's sister-in-law [more].

8.  Ahkoond of Swatt
Abdul Ghafur, Ahkoond of Swatt, self-appointed Indian religious leader, died in 1878. A Threnody, by George T. Lanigan, was a parody of a lament, and ended 'The great Ahkoond of Swat Is not'.