The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10018
Date: [1884/1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Mortimer Luddington Menpes[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
Document Type: ALS

I am awfully disappointed! I mean that I thought you had told me you had put aside some beautiful proofs of these portraits[3], mounted on those lovely black mounts, as a present -

Can't you like a very good pupil do one of these for me tonight - and [p. 2] William[4] shall call for it tomorrow morning on his way here -

I am sorry for your cold -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [1884/1887?]
Dated by signature.

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

3.  proofs of these portraits
The reference to 'black mounts' suggests that the proofs were not JW's work. They may have been photographs of JW, or prints by Menpes, such as M. L. Menpes, Six Portraits of Whistler (z179), drypoint (The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Accession No.: 1977/1.161, Image Accession No.: PCD3149-2022-0252-52).

4.  William
Probably William Bell, JW's secretary [more].