Documents associated with: Mann (fl. 1890)
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System Number: 03992
Date: 26 November 1890
Author: Howard Mansfield
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M263
Document Type: ALS
21 WEST 36TH STREET.
November 26, 1890.
Dear Mr. Whistler;
Mr. Louis Fagan 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 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" and "Riault" were shown besides a number of the Thames 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 series, some of the London and some of the Brussels scenery, the "Chancellerie" at least of the French etchings, and a selection from the Amsterdam 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 and Astruc, and that of the Artist's Mother, and the figures of "The Model Resting", - the first state - and Maude standing, 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, I am