The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881
Record 9 of 49

System Number: 01122
Date: 26 January 1881
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F53
Document Type: ALS

148, NEW BOND ST. W.

26. Jan 81

Dear Whistler

With regard to the sale of the Pastel Drawings I think the time has now arrived when I shd write you the letter you suggested -

Considering the Expenses that we have been put to with regard to the Gallery &c. we think that the percentage of profit we shd receive [p. 2] shd be 1/3rd of the price obtained for each drawing.

The prices to be settled by you with Mr Brown[2] but he to have a certain latitude given him as to accepting a lesser offer if made -

The percentage of course will be chargeable upon all sales[3] made during the continuance of the Exhibition[4] by whomsoever [p. 3] made -

Yours failly

Marcus B Huish

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1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  Mr Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  sales
JW was unhappy with the percentage proposed by Huish: 'I had supposed that the profit you would charge would have been 15 or 20 per. cent on the sales and I now have to say that I will go as far as 25. per cent .' See JW to M. B. Huish, #01123. However, in the end, the pastels sold well at prices between twenty and sixty guineas (see M. Franklin to O. H. Bacher, #10060).

4.  Exhibition
Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881. The works included The Little Riva; in opal (M.749) and The Riva - Sunset; red and gold (M.807).