Document associated with: Carter, Hughes and Cravath
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CARTER, HUGHES & CRAVATH,
ATTORNEYS & COUNSELLORS AT LAW,
April 10th 1888.
WALTER S. CARTER,
CHARLES E. HUGHES,
PAUL D. CRAVATH,
JOHN W. HOUSTON.
Mr. James A. McN. Whistler,
454 A. Fulham Road,
I am preparing a catalogue of my etchings and engravings which I am about to publish, & which will include a larger number of pictures by you than by any other artist. What I beg the privilege of asking is this: If you were to select from your two hundred plates and upwards, say a dozen, upon which you would be willing your fame as an etcher should rest, what would be the names of the dozen? When you have answered this question - if you do so - I will then tell you the ones I have selected, and shall be happy, at the same time, to send you a copy of the volume. That you may know that my appreciation of your work is reasonably keen, I append a word from mu [sic] note concerning you: "Approaches nearer to the borderline of genius, then [sic] any etcher since Rembrandt."
Yours very truly,
Walter S. Carter
How many plates have you etched in all?
1. Walter S. Carter
Walter Steuben Carter (1824-1904), lawyer [more]. JW's response to Carter's request is not known. Carter seems subsequently to have become acquainted with JW through Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more] and also to have shown his collection at the Union League Club, New York (see W. S. Carter to JW, #00545).
Original typescript letter with ms additions.
4. Walter S. Carter...etched in all?
The signature and postscript are hand-written.