The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883
Record 5 of 54

System Number: 01151
Date: 13 December 1882
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F83
Document Type: ALS

148, NEW BOND ST. W.

13th Decr 1882.

My dear Whistler

There is one point about the decorating business[2] which we forgot yesterday namely that it is quite possible we may have to replace it very soon by other decorations, if it is as you propose to be so very delicate: in this event of course there wd be two expenses - I think that a fair way wd be this - We will spend [p. 2] five & twenty pounds, any cost over that to be borne out of first sales of etchings -

Then the other arrangements to be -

Exhibition[3] to be open whole of February -

You to furnish new etchings which have not been seen before and a dozen watercolours[4] -

All sales to be subject to a discount of 25 per cent - Those to the trade [p. 3] to be subject to 15 per cent beyond discount which we have to give them.

All etchings ordered to be delivered within one month of ordering and to be paid for within a month of delivery -

You agree not to sell any further copies until close of exhibition, and after that date will not sell to the trade for one year [month?] after close of exhibition.

Yours very truly

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.  decorating business
This relates to the yellow and white colour scheme that JW had chosen for his forthcoming exhibition, Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883. See Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 310-12.

3.  Exhibition
The exhibition opened on 17 February 1883. The fifty-one etchings were mostly of Venice and included The Doorway (K.188) and Bead-Stringers (K.198).

4.  watercolours
JW did not show any watercolours at his Fine Art Society exhibition of 1883.