The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894
Record 12 of 19

System Number: 10952
Date: [14 February 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Rothenstein[2]
Place: London
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Call Number: bMS Eng. 1148 (1610)
Credit Line: Published by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Capital! - my dear Vicar -

your letter exhausts everything - Gleeson White[3] had better publish it with my lithograph - for they have a lithograph of mine all ready for the Studio - so why another?

Moreover the Luxembourg set[4] would [p. 2] not stand the racket of an "Edition"- That we have before now discussed with Way[5] -

Indeed all the latest drawings are of the same difficulty - They would loose their quality in a transfer - and I could not give the original stone -

Of course I should really have greatly liked to have one of those, of which you have seen the proofs in the Grafton[6], for your article - especially one of the figures - but what will you! -

Your own drawings[7] of the Dons [p. 3] and Captains we are immensely pleased with - they are better & better - Bravo! -

I shall be glad to see the new ones you promise me -

And Your Reverence Good Night!
for I also am going to dine -

[butterfly signature]

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'Feb 15 1894'

W Rolenstein Esq
53. Glebe Place -
[postmark:] PARIS - 80 / R. DU BAC / 3E 14 / FEVR / 94


1.  [14 February 1894]
Dated from the postmark. 'Feb 15 1894' is written on the envelope in another hand.

2.  William Rothenstein
William Rothenstein (1872-1945), artist [more]. His letter to JW has not been located. JW called him affectionately by various religious titles, such as 'Vicar'. He mis-spelt Rothenstein's name on the envelope.

3.  Gleeson White
Joseph William Gleeson White (1851-1898), writer on art, first editor of the Studio [more]; Gants de suède (C.35) was published in The Studio, vol. 3, no. 13, April 1894 (see #03362).

4.  Luxembourg set
Such as The Steps, Luxembourg (C.68), Conversation under the Statue, Luxembourg Gardens (C.69) and The Pantheon, from the terrace of the Luxembourg Gardens (C.70).

5.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more] or Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), printer, lithographer and painter [more].

6.  proofs in the Grafton
At the exhibition Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894.

7.  Your own drawings
On commission from the publisher John Lane, Rothenstein went up to Oxford university in 1893 to begin a series of twenty-four lithographs of prominent Oxonians: Rothenstein, William, Oxford Characters, London, 1894.