The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884
Record 13 of 69

System Number: 03608
Date: [January/February 1884][1]
Author: JW
Place: St Ives
Recipient: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 9/17
Document Type: ALS

14. Barnoon Terrace -
St Ives Cornwall -

Dear Mr Brown -

It is all right about the Wünderlichs[3] - make yourself quite easy about them -

I had a long letter[4] from the firm direct some time ago - and cabled accross [sic] my reply - settling up them entirely -

By this I ought to have a small sum in return as arranged in their letter - and may find it on my return -

[p. 2] They want me very much to go to America. -

The Mansfield etchings[5] you shall have when I get back -

I am glad you sent me the cuttings from the Spectator[6] - for I shall probably slay Arry[7] again - or rather turn over the body - in next weeks World - if I have time - you can look anyhow -

Also you should look back at the World of December the 26th - and Jan. the 2nd[8].

I am doing things quite new down here of course -

New eggs[9] am I laying - and you shall see them if you care when I come back before they go into the Market -

What interesting shows the Society[10] do get up to be sure! -

Yours truly

J McNeill Whistler

I forget your own private address - send it to me -

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1.  [January/February 1884]
JW spent from January to early February 1884 at St Ives in Cornwall working with Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more], and Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

2.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more]. There are several later copies of this letter (#01167, #02713, #03089).

3.  the Wünderlichs
H. Wunderlich & Co., New York print dealer.

4.  long letter
A letter from Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more], written earlier in January, in which apart from sales of etchings, he urged JW to come to the States (#07152). A lecture tour was planned but never came to pass.

5.  Mansfield etchings
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

6.  Spectator
The review in the Spectator (15 December 1883) was of a series of illustrations for Virgil's Eclogues by Samuel Palmer (1805-1881), painter, draughtsman and etcher [more]. See also World, 26 December 1883.

7.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more].

8.  World of December the 26th - and Jan. the 2nd
The World, 26 December 1883 (see #11398) and Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Atlas], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 496, vol. 20, 2 January 1884, p. 17.

9.  new eggs
JW exhibited paintings of St Ives in 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.

10.   the Society
The Fine Art Society, art dealers in New Bond Street.