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System Number: 08495
Date: [27 June 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

Monday -

'[June 27, 1898]'

I want you to send me the Athenaeum of this last week - the one you had yesterday - and also the one of the week before -

[butterfly signature]

How did you get over? There will [p. 2] call upon you Mr William Scott[4] - he asked me to give him a card to you - and says he met you before with me - He has done etchings and lithographs and has some book with architectural drawings probably Italian - I dont know - Let him show it to you and do exactly as you like - I don't really know anything about it - But you can ask Pennell[5] - for he wished for a card to him also, & I have given him one -

It has just rained & rained! - I am awfully down - and ready now to believe all the tremendous "scares" you were trying to shake into me yesterday afternoon about the ruin any defence against the Baronet[6] must entail!!

Tell Henschell[7] tomorrow among other things, that I am well pleased with his photograph of the Rosa Corder[8]! He had better make photogravures of that too - also let him try my portrait -

'The Philosopher'[9] came out very badly - and had better be dropped out altogether - The Piano[10] I didn't [p. 3] care much about - but it will do I daresay for reproduction - By the way tell him that I have a horror of all blue and violet and green reproduction. Let them all be of a certain warm brown to black.

Of "The Princesse:"[11] you know, there is a full length photograph and [sic] the mantel shelf in the dining-room -

I will lend him that for reproduction if he likes, or he may make a new one -

I expect him to send me beautiful proofs of each of these - and afterwards he should give me the negatives as I at first said -

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William Heinemann - Esq
21. Bedford Street -
Covent Gardens
London -
[postmark:] PARIS 80 / R. DU BAC / 7E 27 / JUIN / 98
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. / 9.15 AM / JU 28 / 98


1.  [27 June 1898]
Dated from the postmark. The date '[June 27, 1898]' is also inserted in another hand at the top of p. 1.

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

3.  ALS
Written on mourning stationery.

4.  William Scott
William Scott (1848-1918), architect and etcher [more].

5.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

6.  Baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

7.  Henschell
Probably a misspelling of Carl Hentschel (1864-1930), photo-etcher, engraver and lithographer [more].

8.  Rosa Corder
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203).

9.  The Philosopher
Rose and Brown: The Philosopher (YMSM 472).

10.  The Piano
At the Piano (YMSM 24).

11.  The Princesse:
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50). The photographs were probably those intended for an article that appeared in the Art Journal (see #08437). 'La Princesse' and the 'Rosa Corder' portrait were amongst the works reproduced. See Dartmouth, Thomas, 'International Art at Knightsbridge,' Art Journal, August 1898, pp. 248-53.