Documents associated with: Henley, William Ernest
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21, CHEYNE WALK,
My dear Henley -
I am sending you the most lovely things - a couple of little masterpieces - tout simplement! - New - original in every sense of the word - dainty as few things are - and as to execution - brilliant beyond all you could ever have expected - perfect little bijous!
I am enchanted -
The proofs come in a seperate [sic] envelope registered that they may run no risk -
And now what do you think your Financier at the back will pay for such plates - and how many would be wanted - You must point out apart from the exquisite beauty of composition and execution, that as etchings they are of that marvelous simplicity, that allows of their being printed with the utmost ease -
Write me a line telling me that you are pleased -
Published in Newton, Joy, 'Whistler and Henley: A Postscript', Victorian Poetry, vol. 36, no. 1, Spring 1998, pp. 113-16.
It is not clear to what etchings JW is referring, but they could possibly be those of fish by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]: B. Whistler, Goldfish (z226). These are referred to elsewhere as 'Henley's fish', JW to B. Whistler, [13 August 1891], #06595.
5. tout simplement
Fr., 'quite simply'.
8. middle class
John Ruskin, Notes on S. Prout and W. Hunt, quoted by JW in marginal note, Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 13.