The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 02443
Date: 24 March [1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Thomas Knowles[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler K26
Document Type: ALS


Dear Knowles -

I do wish you had turned up yesterday, and I half thought you would - however it was too horrid outside of course for any such journey -

You would have found plenty of friends though - and very charming they all were -

The etching[4] was a great success - I hope [p. 2] you will like it for I look upon it as my finest - and pick you out and send herewith a beauty - printed by myself -

Look at the grand old piece of Dutch paper! isn't it a famous proof! -

Forgive my warmth -

Ever Yours

J A McN. Whistler

Come round some day soon - of course when this wind has blown itself out - and have a cup of tea in the studio -

Monday 24. March

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1.  24 March [1879]
Year dated by writing, and the almanack which lists 24 March as a Monday in 1879.

2.  James Thomas Knowles
The recipient was probably Sir James Thomas Knowles (1831-1908), architect, founding editor of the Nineteenth Century [more].

The address header is embossed.

4.  etching
Not identified. JW might be referring to Old Battersea Bridge (K.177) or Old Putney Bridge (K.178), published by the Fine Art Society in 1879, or to Hurlingham (K.181) or Fulham (K.182) published through the Printsellers Association.