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System Number: 03589
Date: [10/14 November 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Princess Louise Caroline Alberta[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 8/5
Document Type: ALdS[3]

Madam -

I have just received this proof of the Carlyle[4] from the Engraver and venture to send it for your aprobation -

The interest you have so kindly shown in this matter makes me hope that I am not indiscreet in so doing - while the uncertainty of the Printers work makes it dangerous to wait until the Engraving be absolutely published -

[p. 2] I had hoped to have the honor of receiving Yourself and Lord Lorne[5] in my Studio before you leave England - but scarcely presume to ask such a favor as I know how fully your time must be taken up -

Let me thank your Royal Highness for all the kind and flattering courtesy you have shown me -

I have Madam, the honor to be
Your most obedient servant

J A McN. Whistler -

The White House
Chelsea -

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1.  [10/14 November 1878]
Dated from reference to engraving (see below) and letter from F. Campbell to JW, #00510. See also #03572.

2.  Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Probably to Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), Marchioness of Lorne, sculptress [more].

3.  ALdS
The final version of this letter has not been located. This is a fair copy or draft.

4.  proof of the Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) was engraved by Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more], and published by H. Graves and Co. The first proofs were delivered on 2 December 1878 (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, I, pp. 226-27). However this may have been the earliest proof.

5.  Lord Lorne
Sir John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell (1845-1914), Marquess of Lorne, husband of Princess Louise [more]. The Lornes were about to depart for Canada as the Marquess had just been appointed Governor General of Canada (1878-83).