The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883
Record 15 of 54

System Number: 11260
Date: [10/17 February 1883/1885][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Bram Stoker[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[3]

[Concerning an exhibition[4] which he intends holding and asking Stoker to allow him to] engage the services of one of your attendants from the theatre.

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1.  [10/17 February 1883/1885]
Dated from reference to exhibition (see note below).

2.  Bram Stoker
Abraham ('Bram') Stoker (1847-1912), civil servant, theatre manager, barrister and writer [more].

3.  PLfc
This is one of three undated autograph letters from JW to Bram Stoker and John Henry Brodribb alias Henry Irving (1838-1905), actor, Director and manager of the Lyceum Theatre [more]. See Maggs sale catalogue 586, London, 1933, item 807.

4.  exhibition
Possibly a reference to Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883; at the private view, JW engaged a liveried door attendant and assistants who handed out paper and silk butterflies to his guests (see Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, p. 310). Stoker himself mentions that JW approached him for assistance in taking his 'Ten O' Clock Lecture' to America: 'Bram, I wish I could get some one to take me up and attend to my business for me - I can't do it myself; and I really think it would be worth a good man's while - some man like yourself.' See Stoker, Bram, Sir Henry Irving, 2 vols, London 1906, vol. 1, p. 151.