The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Record 4 of 6

System Number: 02781
Date: 19 June [1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/51/2
Document Type: ALS[3]


I say Owl -

do like a good fellow hearken to these various -

1st A note from Hermann[4] - to say that I am to send him immediately the 30. shillings - and that these things "should be attended to always at once."

2nd The valued inventory of fixtures[5] etc etc for the new comers - If here tomorrow [p. 2] might get [this?] -

3rd The Carlyle went off to Graves[6] this afternoon - he sent for it - (Graves sent for it) -

4th. Write a line or come down if possible at any time before 3.30 - or meet me at Thomas Way[7], Lithographic Printer, Wellington Street Strand, next door to Lyceum Theatre at 4.30 - to 5 - sharp - and wait - must get away from there by 5.30 -

5th Do try and have 2 or 3. quid - and inventory -


[butterfly signature]

June 19.
Wednesday evening

96. Cheyne Walk

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1.  19 June [1878]
The year date was recorded by the recipient at the top of the sheet.

2.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

3.  ALS
The letter was kept by Howell in the first of two albums which were later retrieved by JW (see #02788).

4.  1878.
Date written by C. A. Howell.

5.  Hermann
Louis Herrman (b. 1810 or 1811), of Gilby and Herrman, artists' suppliers, later a picture dealer [more]. His letter has not been located. Some complicated and protracted business affairs were conducted between Howell, Hermann and JW. They did not help JW's increasingly serious financial predicament. He was declared bankrupt on 6 May 1879.

6.  inventory of fixtures
JW was leaving 96 Cheyne Walk to move to the White House in Tite Street.

7.  Carlyle went off to Graves
About this time Howell acquired the copyright of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). It is most likely that it was being sent to Graves for engraving by Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more]. The first proofs were delivered on 2 December 1878 (see #02785). However, it is also possible that Graves was involved in attempts to sell the painting.

8.  Thomas Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. JW was working on lithotints. The Toilet (C.10) (W.6) and The Broad Bridge (C.11) (W.8) were printed by Way and published on 4 and 11 July 1878 for the short-lived weekly, Piccadilly: Town and Country Life (the editor of which was Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more]).