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System Number: 08653
Date: [1/14 May 1884?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles William Dowdeswell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Dowdeswell -

You forgot after all to leave the drawings[3] this morning - You said you were bringing them with you - They are wanted today for Menpes[4] to frame -

Will you give them to Miss Finch[5], who brings this - ('the Red Girl') -

Now the enclosed I have just received [p. 2] Keep it dark - I have an idea that something might be done - in any case we might talk about it -

If I come down tonight after work, will you or your son[6] be there? that is at about 8 or half past -

J Whistler

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1.  [1/14 May 1884?]
This may date from before the opening of 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884, on 17 May.

2.  Charles W. Dowdeswell
Charles William Dowdeswell (1832-1915), art dealer [more].

3.  drawings
Possibly Grey and silver - Pier, Southend (M.890) and Erith - Evening (M.884), which were required for exhibition (see JW to C. W. Dowdeswell, #08635).

4.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

5.  Miss Finch
Milly Finch, JW's model [more]. She posed for several paintings including Milly Finch (M.907), where although not dressed in red, the sofa was covered with a bright red patterned material.

6.  your son
Charles Dowdeswell (m. 1897), art dealer, son of C. W. Dowdeswell [more].