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System Number: 01959
Date: 16 December 1887
Author: Charles James Whistler Hanson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Craibe Angus and Son[2]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H60
Document Type: ALcS


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The Vale

Dec 16 1887

Dear Sir,

Mr Whistler has not been very well lately, or your letter[3] would have been answered before.

He is now, however, prepared to send you proofs.

The Naval Review Etchings[4] are at the following prices:


Return to Tilbury               6 "  6 " 0
Landing Stage Cowes             8 "  8 " 0
Dry docks Southampton           6 "  6 " 0
H. M's Fleet - The Troopship   10 " 10 " 0
Naval Review - Monitors        10 " 10 " 0
  "      "   - Visitors Boat   10 " 10 " 0
Bunting                        10 " 10 " 0
H. M's Fleet - Evening         10 " 10 " 0
Dipping the Flag                8 "  8 " 0
H. M s Fleet - The Gunboat     10 " 10 " 0
Children Portsmouth             7 "  7 " 0
Tilbury                         7 "  7 " 0

Kindly say whether you are prepared to keep one or two sets of the above as you have seen them

Besides these are several others proofs - some quite recent, viz:-


Railway Arch[5]            8 "  8 " 0   Barrow                10 " 10 " 0
Scaffolding            10 " 10 " 0   Flower Market         10 " 10 " 0
Petticoat Lane          7 "  7 " 0   House of the Swan     10 " 10 " 0
Regent's Quadrant       7 "  7 " 0   High Street Brussels   8 "  8 " 0
Wild West No 1         10 " 10 " 0   Fish Quay Ostend       8 "  8 " 0
  "   "   No 2         10 " 10 " 0   Beach Ostend           5 "  5 " 0
  "   "   No 3          6 "  6 " 0   Canal Ostend           4 "  4 " 0
Clothes Exchange No 1  12 " 12 " 0   Grand Place Bruxelles 12 " 12 " 0
St James Place         10 " 10 " 0   Palace Brussels       12 " 12 " 0
Fleur dis [sic] Lis passage  10 " 10 " 0   
Cutler Street          10 " 10 " 0
        And several others

Upon these transactions with him, Mr Whistler allows you [p. 2] 20% for cash

Re Old Etchings

Mr Whistler has two splendid proofs in fine condition of Finette[6], The first in the finished state, the second in the first state, very rare, before the landscape through the window, vide Wedmore's catalogue[7] No. 54[.] For the first he will take twenty guineas, for the second thirty guineas, or for the two forty five guineas.

On this transaction with him Mr Whistler allows you no discount, as they are rare works by themselves, which you can sell for what you like, being different to the current etching, for which he allows you 20% in order that you may sell them at his own fixed prices.

Re Picture

Mr Whistler has several small oil and water colour, [sic] Can be sent to be shown to your client if required.

Re Etchings in Your Hands.

You have still in your possession the following proofs


Lambeth[8]           8 "  8 " 0   Tyzack Whitely    8 "  8 " 0
Guitar Player    12 " 12 " 0   Portrait          5 "  5 " 0

Kindly return the same at once, or if sold send cheque.

Yours Truly

Charles J. Hanson

private secretary.

To
Messrs Craibe Angus & Son
159 Queen Street
Glasgow.


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Notes:

1.  Charles James Whistler Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

2.  Craibe Angus and Son
J. Craibe Angus, art dealer, of Craibe Angus and Son, Glasgow [more]; and William Craibe Angus (1830-1899), Glasgow art dealer [more].

3.  your letter
Angus had written to JW on 7 December 1887 (#00176). He replied to this letter on 19 December (#00178).

4.  Naval Review Etchings
'Naval Review set', 1887 (K. 316-331) (excat 7).

5.  Railway Arch
The list comprised recent London and Belgian etchings, Railway-Arch (K.268), The Barrow, Brussels (K.357), Savoy Scaffolding (K.267), Flower-Market, Brussels (K.359), Petticoat Lane (K.285), Regent's Quadrant (K.239), Wild West, Buffalo Bill (K.313), Wild West (K.314), The Bucking Horse (K.315), Clothes-Exchange, No.1 (K.287), St.James's Place, Houndsditch (K.290), Fleur De Lys Passage (K.289), Cutler Street, Hounsditch (K.292), House of the Swan, Brussels (K.363), High Street, Brussels (K.358), Fish-Market, Ostend (K.349), The Beach, Ostend (K.354), Canal, Ostend (K.353), Grand Place, Brussels (K.362) and Palaces, Brussels (K.361).

6.  Finette
Finette (K.58).

7.  Wedmore's catalogue
Wedmore, Sir Frederick, Whistler's Etchings: a Study and a Catalogue, London, 1886.

8.  Lambeth
'Lambeth' is probably an early etching of London, but can not be identified by this title. The other early etchings mentioned here are Eagle Wharf (K.41) and The Guitar Player (K.140), but 'Portrait' is too vague a title to be identified.