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System Number: 13772
Date: 24 July 1868
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Wright L445, p. 61
Document Type: TLc[2]

Received from my friend, Mr Charles. A. Howell, on account of and by request of Monsieur Legros[3], the sum of twenty-five pounds - in full discharge of all his indebtedness to me. dated 24th July 1868.

J. A. McN. Whistler.

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1.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

2.  TLc
This typed copy by Harold Wright is a translation from a manuscript version of a biography of A. Legros by Clément-Janin, held in the Bibliothèque d'Art et d'Archéologie, Paris. As this letter has been translated from the original English into French by Clément-Janin, and then back into English by Wright, the wording may have changed somewhat from the original. Also, certain handwritten alterations to the typescript text have been added above the line and have been adopted in this transcription.

3.  Monsieur Legros
Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), painter, etcher and art teacher [more]. JW first met Legros in Paris during the late 1850s and together with Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more], they formed the Societé des Trois. Unfortunately by April 1867, their friendship was over after a row which came to blows. JW's friends tried to intervene (#11312) but the two men were never reconciled. The precise reasons for their quarrel are unclear but they seem to have had a protracted quarrel about money dating to 1864 (see #02505, and Ionides, Luke Memories, Paris, 1925, reprinted with an afterword by Julia Ionides, Ludlow, 1996, p. 74). This relates to Legros's early days in London when he lived at Lindsey Row and shared household expenses with JW. However, he had little money and was dependent upon JW for artistic contacts. As a result, the arrangement rapidly grew strained. See also JW's letter to Rossetti, #05242, and JW to C. A. Howell, #02173 and #02827.