The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00503
Date: 10 November 1894
Author: John Caldwell[1]
Place: Edgewood Park, PA
Recipient: JW
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C4
Document Type: ALS

[crest in laurel wreath:] THE GROLIER CLUB / FOUNDED NEW YORK 1884

Post office address
Edgewood Park
Allegheny Co.
U. S A


My dear Sir.

I ask a great favor of you: Will you design for me a book plate[2]. I am fond of books - a collector of your etchings and lithographs and would like very much to please myself and honor my books by placing in them a plate designed & etched - or lithographed by the greatest art master [p. 2] of this (or any other age)

I hope you will excuse the boldness of this request, and when you favor it, kindly let the plate be not greater than the one third of this page

I would like to add that the giving to me of this pleasure will also please our mutual friend Mr. Kennedy[3] of Wunderlich & Co

If the Whistler butterfly [p. 3] were on the plate then indeed I would have a "dainty dish to lay before the King", again asking pardon for troubling you

I am Yours faithfully

John Caldwell

Mr J McN Whistler
110 Rue du Bache [sic]

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1.  John Caldwell
John Caldwell, Board Chairman, Carnegie Art Galleries [more].

2.  book plate
JW did not carry out this commission.

3.  Mr. Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].