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Documents associated with: 95th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1863
Record 2 of 6

System Number: 03192
Date: [5 May 1863][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edwin Edwards[2]
Place: Sunbury on Thames
Repository: Fitzwilliam Museum Library, Cambridge
Document Type: ALS

7. Lindsey Row.
Battersea bridge.
Chelsea [3]-

Dear Charles Price -

I really cannot help writing just to tell you how intensly[4] [sic] pleased I am with your work[5] in the Academy. Your etchings and your painting I think most highly of - they are to me most artistic - They are of the very very few things that are of value in the exhibition - The etchings are exquisite - I might say much about them but I dis-[p. 2]like writing - Come and see me and let me tell you how charmed I am with them and the painting.

Ever Yours -

Whistler -

My compliments to Mrs Edwards[6]

This document is protected by copyright.


E. Edwards Esq
Thames Bank House
Sunbury on Thames
S. W.
[postmark:] LONDON E / 5 / MY / 63


1.  [5 May 1863]
The paper has a partial 1862 watermark ('NSON / 862'). It is not certain that the envelope belongs to this letter, although it has been used to date it. A note made by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], when transcribing this letter, added 'Envelope addressed to E. Edwards, Esq., Thamesbank House, Sunbury on Thames, S.W.; postmark date May 1. 63.' (GUL Whistler LB4/3). She may have misread the postmark. This envelope is definitely postmarked 5 May 1863, and the content of the letter is more appropriate than that of another letter (#09079) which could have fitted the same envelope.

2.  Edwin Edwards
Edwin Edwards (1823-1879), lawyer, painter and etcher [more]. It is not clear why JW addressed him as 'Charles Price', but the name appears in a series of letters from 7 April 1862 to [17 September 1864] (#03146, #02994, #03200, #03299, #09082, #09083, #09084).

3.  Chelsea
Double underlined.

4.  intensly
Double underlined.

5.  work
The 95th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1863, opened at the beginning of May. It included two paintings and three etchings: Edwin Edwards, Lynmouth Harbour (z23); Edwin Edwards, Kempton Park, Sunbury (z24) ; Edwin Edwards, The Ship Canal, Exeter (z25); Edwin Edwards, Plymouth from Mount Edgcumbe (z26); Edwin Edwards, Devonport (z27) (cat. nos. 644 and 958; 951, 955 and 1001). Béraldi, who admired Edwards's work, and thought him much under-rated, recorded 376 plates by Edwards, including two out of 50 etchings published by Holloway (Edwin Edwards, Lynmouth Harbour (z23) ; Edwin Edwards, Plymouth from Mount Edgcumbe (z26) (Beraldi, Henri, Les Graveurs du XIXe. Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes, 12 vols, Paris, 1885-1892, VI, p. 84, nos. 13, 24). He also mentions The Ship Canal, Exeter (ibid., p. 85), but not Devonport, unless under another title.

6.  Mrs Edwards
Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831-1892), writer and Egyptologist [more].