Documents associated with: May, Charles Mitchell
Record 2 of 5
System Number: 08644
Date: [March/July 1886?]
Recipient: Walter Dowdeswell
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS
My dear Walter -
(I have forgotten his address) -
I say send it because I should like to know that it arrived safely -
The corrected list of proofs has not come even yet [! x 6] -
Your man can come tomorrow at 12 o'clock for more - or will [p. 2] you look in yourself in the morning on your way to town -
I wish you would as you might begin something with the picture business as Secretary -
What about Theobald? - could it be for tomorrow morning? -
1. [March/July 1886?]
Dated from reference to etchings.
JW was printing A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6), for Dowdeswell's. The first proofs were delivered on 2 April 1886 (see receipt, #00863). The last plates were cancelled in July 1887.
6. picture business
This may possibly relate to JW's recent exhibition, 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886. On 3 July 1886, Dowdeswell wrote sending the 'drawings and picture[s] - 68 in all - having retained 12 as we have two or three people still about these, and we expect them to come at any time.' See W. Dowdeswell to JW, #00865.
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), barrister and collector [more]. On 1 July 1885, Theobald bought twenty-nine drawings (see Dowdeswell list, #00867). Theobald told Pennell that he purchased 'some thirty or forty drawings or pastels through the Dowdeswells.' See, for example, Studies for the Mummy Cloth & Notes for Dress (M.568). This reference may relate to JW's apparent wish to borrow some of the works to go with him on a tour of America (see JW to W. Dowdeswell, #08616), planned for about September 1886 (see H. Lenoir to R. D'Oyly Carte, #00927).