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System Number: 00544
Date: 10 April 1888
Author: Walter S. Carter[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C45
Document Type: TLS/Ms[2]


CARTER, HUGHES & CRAVATH,
ATTORNEYS & COUNSELLORS AT LAW,

346 BROADWAY,
NEW YORK,

April 10th 1888.

WALTER S. CARTER,
CHARLES E. HUGHES,
PAUL D. CRAVATH,
JOHN W. HOUSTON.

Mr. James A. McN. Whistler,
454 A. Fulham Road,
London, Eng.

Dear Sir:-

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[3]."

Yours very truly,

Walter S. Carter[4]

How many plates have you etched in all?


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Notes:

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).

2.  TLS/Ms
Original typescript letter with ms additions.

3.  Rembrandt
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn (1606-1669), painter and etcher [more].

4.  Walter S. Carter...etched in all?
The signature and postscript are hand-written.