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System Number: 07486
Date: [1885/1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X56
Document Type: ADc[2]

Among the Whistler etchings for sale at Messrs. Sothebys last week, was a proof of an early work[3] warmly competed for, not only because of its' artistic merit, but, from a Collector's point of view, because of a quaint and characteristic inscription of the Master's:

"The "Legs not by me, but a fatuous addition of by a 'General Practi[ti]oner[4]'." signed with the Butterfly. -

I believe This scarce proof was, I believe acquired by Mr. Thibeaudeau [sic][5]. -

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1.  [1885/1888?]
Dated by reference to sale (see below).

2.  ADc
This document appears to be a copy made by JW of a press notice of a Sotheby's sale.

3.  a proof of an early work
Annie (K.10). E. G. Kennedy recorded an impression of state V in the Lenox Library as having this inscription: 'Legs not by me, the impertinent work of another.'

4.  General Practi[ti]oner
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. The sitter of course was his daughter, and he had owned the copper-plate.

5.  Mr. Thibeaudeau [sic]
Alphonse Wyatt Thibeaudau (ca 1840 - d.1892), print dealer [more].