The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12292
Date: 24 February 1864
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti[1]
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection
Document Type: ALS[3]

24 Feb / 64

[monogram:] DGR

My dear Rose

Did I hear you say something about going to Holland? And if so, when? I want to go some day as soon as I can, for blue china[4], but do not hint a word to Whistler. Since I lately bought all in a lump that gorgeous collection, I pant & gasp for more; and if I am right in thinking I heard you talk of going to Holland, I would try to go with you.

Yours ever Sincerely,

D G Rossetti

[p. 3] When shall we sign & seal for the Plint[5] estate?

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1.  Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more]. He was JW's lawyer as well as Rossetti's.

3.  ALS
See Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ed. William E. Fredeman. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D. S. Brewer, 2002- , vol. 3, 64.19.

4.  blue china
JW had been to Holland buying blue and white oriental china in August 1863 (#09333) and paid another brief visit there in January 1864 (see #11108, #01948). JW certainly admired Rossetti's collection and had borrowed oriental rugs from him (see #09393). This letter makes it clear there was a strong element of competition in their collecting. According to Fredeman, the 'gorgeous collection' he refers to is probably that of Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more].

5.  Plint
Thomas Edward Plint (1823-1861), stockbroker and collector.