The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08672
Date: [15 January 1887][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Charles William Dowdeswell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr Dowdeswell -

I am sure you cannot know that any of your men could be foolish enough to send us blotting paper for the printing the stuff of which the enclosed is a specimen! -

There is no excuse possible - for they perfectly know by this time what I require - and, as you begged me to do, I let them know three or four days before hand -

I have put aside all work and at great inconvenience have given myself up to this fiendish slavery at the press[3] [p. 2] and it is too bad that in the midst of the swing of the task every thing should come to grief and sudden stand still just because of some unwarrantable carelessness from outside! -

My day was quite lost -

Very sincerely

J McN. Whistler

The Vale -

This document is protected by copyright.


C. W. Dowdeswell. Esq -
Brantwood House -
Macaulay Road -
Clapham Common -
[on reverse flap:] HOGARTH CLUB
[postmark:] LONDON S. W. / 7 / JA 15 / 87


1.  [15 January 1887]
Dated from postmark.

2.  C. W. Dowdeswell
Charles William Dowdeswell (1832-1915), art dealer [more].

3.  this fiendish slavery at the press
JW and his assistants were printing A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6). A receipt with the same date lists 109 proofs, showing that for once JW was not exaggerating (#08659).