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System Number: 03992
Date: 26 November 1890
Author: Howard Mansfield[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M263
Document Type: ALS


November 26, 1890.

Dear Mr. Whistler;

Mr. Louis Fagan[2] has been here talking to us in public very happily on wood engravings and etchings. And it was a keen pleasure to me to hear him say to so many people what some of us have been saying to our friends for a long time, that you as an etcher take rank with Rem[p. 2]brandt. As Mr. Fagan put it, while Rembrandt[3] is the Dutch King of Etchers you are the American President of Etchers. - a sentiment which was greeted with rounds of applause.

It was a disappointment, however, that you were not properly represented in the examples shown on the screen from photographs of your etchings. [p. 3] Only "The Kitchen[4]" and "Riault[5]" were shown besides a number of the Thames[6] views. There ought to have been examples of most phases of your later work - one of the drypoints of figures, one of the bridges, some of the Venice[7] series, some of the London and some of the Brussels scenery, the "Chancellerie[8]" at least of the French etchings, and a selection from the Amsterdam[9] plates.

[p. 4] On Sunday Mr. Fagan took luncheon at my rooms, and we looked over my nine portfolios of your work. When there are added to what I have the portraits of Riault, Mann[10] and Astruc[11], and that of the Artist's Mother[12], and the figures of "The Model Resting[13]", - the first state - and Maude standing[14], I shall think my collection of your etchings to be most satisfactory. And I own to being proud of it as it is.

With the wish that I may be cordially remembered to Mrs. Whistler[15], I am
Faithfully yours

Howard Mansfield.

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1.  Howard Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

2.  Mr. Louis Fagan
Louis Alexander Fagan (1845-1903), diplomat, writer on art, amateur artist, assistant in the Department of Engraving at the British Museum [more].

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

4.  The Kitchen
The Kitchen (K.24a).

5.  Riault
Riault, the Engraver (K.65).

6.  Thames
A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871 (the 'Thames Set') (K.38-44, 46, 52, 66, 68, 71, 74-76, 95) (excat 4)

7.  Venice
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5).

8.  Chancellerie
Chancellerie, Loches (K.383).

9.  Amsterdam
'Holland set', 1889 (K.402-416) (excat 10).

10.  Mann
Mr.Mann (K.63).

11.  Astruc
Astruc, a literary man (K.53).

12.  Artist's Mother
Whistler's Mother (K.97).

13.  The Model Resting
The Model Resting (K.100).

14.  Maude standing
Maude, Standing (K.114).

15.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].