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System Number: 01370
Date: 15 November 1901
Author: Ernest George Brown[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F302
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
[Royal coat of arms]
TO H. R. H. THE PRINCE OF WALES.
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD / CHICAGO / EXHIBITION, 1893.
MELBOURNE, 1880. / SYDNEY, 1879. / VIENNA, 1883.
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON."
TELEPHONE / 3767.

THE FINE ART SOCIETY, LIMD.
148, NEW BOND ST. W.

Nov 15th 1901

Dear Mr Whistler,

I was sorry to be out when you called the other day I should like to have had a chat with you about various things.

I like your New Gallery picture[2] immensely

I think you wanted me to let you know how many etchings were due to complete the Venice Set. The numbers are these: -

The Doorway[3] 17
The Beggars[4] 24

[p. 2] I have all the dates of delivery. I hope you will be able to do them soon or else the Board will be the agrieved party in the matter of these Venice etchings! You know you've got the printing press (once ours) and I can get Seymour Haden[5] to let you have some more old Dutch paper!

I have just heard of a very fine house, called I think "The White House" at Ruan Minor[6], Cornwall if you still think of going there.

With kind regards
yours sincerely

Ernest G. Brown.

I have had some affectionate letters from Sickert[7] lately and Menpes[8] is more like my Sister than anything else

The Baronet[9] sent some game for Dunn[10] this morning.


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Notes:

1.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  New Gallery picture
Grenat et or: Le Petit Cardinal (YMSM 469), then on exhibition at the Society of Portrait Painters exhibition at the New Gallery in November.

3.  The Doorway
The Doorway (K.188) from the series Etchings from Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5) JW never completed the printing of the Venice etchings (see MacDonald 2001, pp. 130-31).

4.  The Beggars
The Beggars (K.194), also from the first Venice 'Set.'

5.  Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. This was a joke - the brothers-in-law had not spoken for years.

6.  Ruan Minor
Village on the Cornwall coast.

7.  Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

8.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

9.  Baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. In 1894, JW quarrelled with Eden over the completion of a portrait of Eden's wife.

10.  Dunn
A. Homeyer Dunn, employee of the Fine Art Society.