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System Number: 09045
Date: [March/September 1872][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Alan Summerly Cole[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: [Unknown]
Call Number: [Published]
Document Type: PLfc[3]

Lindsay Houses, Chelsea, by Old Battersea bridge

Friday night

['inviting him and his brother to "come round ... and we will have a cocktail", commenting on the novelty of this idea ("quelque chose de cette annee![4]"), promising to show him his sketch for the "Japanese gold girl[5]", and regretting that all this week they have not had a smoke together']

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1.  [March/September 1872]
Dated by the reference to the 'Japanese gold girl' (see below).

2.  Alan Summerly Cole
Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934), textile expert and museum official [more].

3.  PLcf
Summary with partial text of the original letter (not located). Sold at Sotheby's, London, 6 February 1973, lot 338 and described as an A.L.s., 1 1/4 pages, 8vo.

4.  quelque chose de cette annee
Fr., something of this year.

5.  Japanese gold girl
On 20 March 1872, JW was commissioned to design a mosaic figure of a 'Japanese art worker' for South Kensington Museum (#05518). It was never completed but there are several related drawings: see Gold Girl (M.461).