The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Spectator (London)
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System Number: 11283
Date: [20 August/October 1898][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 10/876
Document Type: TLc

Well I am glad to know that the little Blue lady[3] will be petted in her home, with the place of honour to herself! so that is all charming! - and delightful!

And if ever you think she becomes in the least spoiled by much indulgence, you must at once complain to me! -

Meanwhile she is slightly misconducting herself with the Press - with whom she seems to be on rather amiable and ogling terms! - Did you notice the Spectator of the 18th[4]? -

How do you like the Butterflies! I want new proofs as soon as McColl[5] can get them off - so that nothing may stop us -

This must go at once -

Upon my word I don't know what to do! and have half a mind to cross the Channel again!


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1.  [20 August/October 1898]
Dated from the reference to a painting and a book (see below)

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

3.  Spectator of the 18th
London weekly paper.

4.  Blue lady
Blue and Coral: The Little Blue Bonnet (YMSM 500) was purchased by Heinemann on 29 June 1898 (#02089, #02090.

5.  McColl
A mistranscribed reference to Charles McCall (b. ca 1844- d. 1908), printer [more]. He worked for Heinemann, preparing for the publication of JW's account of his legal case against Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: the Baronet & the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, London, 1898. This seems a rather early date for the preparation of butterflies for the book, since the case was not heard until December. However, it is clear that despite reservations on the part of Heinemann, and conflicting legal advice, they were preparing for publication as soon as the verdict was delivered. In the event, Heinemann did not publish the book officially, and printing took place in Paris, where it was published in May 1899 (Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24]).