The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10033
Date: [1885/1886?][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 propose to come round tomorrow morning at about 9.30 - and shall bring plates[3] to try -

Do you think Mr Toovey[4] would be so very nice as to get ready a little very brown ink[5] -

Walter Sickert[6] has behaved [p. 2] in the most shockingly I might say brutally graceless way - and after deliberately leaving this morning to follow out his own ambition (?) I am not surprised to hear that he passed the afternoon in absolute idleness and drivel -

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1.  [1885/1886?]
Dated by signature, and reference to printing etchings (see below).

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

3.  plates
Menpes helped with printing Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5) and A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6). Some were printed on Menpes' own printing press.

4.  Mr Toovey
James Toovey (1813/1814-1893), bookseller and publisher; see also #10013.

5.  very brown ink
Although JW printed the first working proofs in black, later impressions were printed in a variety of brown inks.

6.  Walter Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more]. Both he and Menpes were JW's 'pupils' and assistants at this time.