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Documents associated with: Exhibition, Arrangement in Brown and Gold
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System Number: 08628
Date: [7/14 May 1884/1886?][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 -

Impossible to get to Bond St. tonight by half past seven, & as I understood your note to mean that you could not be later yourself I worked out the rough copy of Catalogue at home -

I send it to you by post - please have copy made at once[3] and returned to me tomorrow, that I may improve upon it - Meanwhile have proof struck off immediately and send - The Butterfly for cover might be borrowed from the Printer of the "World"[4] - it has been lent before -

Messrs Something - Pancras Road - look at a copy of the World - I have forgotten -

[p. 2] Now when the room is

Now I shall just go on working - and when I come to the gallery it must[5] be in the evening -

However that we can settle upon in a day or two - The patterns[6] will send tomorrow -

Now - Immediately must have three more frames - So let May[7] have the sizes on the other half sheet -


J Whistler

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1.  [7/14 May 1884/1886?]
Dated by references to preparations for an exhibition, probably 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.

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

3.  at once
Double underlined.

4.  Printer of the 'World'
JW had several letters published in the journal, The World. The printer may have been Robson and Sons, 20 Pancras Road.

5.  must
Double underlined.

6.  patterns
Dowdeswell's rooms were designed as an Arrangement in Flesh-colour and Grey in 1884 and an Arrangement in Brown and Gold in 1886.

7.  May
Possibly Charles Mitchell May, carver and gilder, at 19 St Anne's Court, Soho [more].