Documents associated with: Cassatt, Maria Lois
Record 4 of 4
System Number: 08641
Date: [8/15 July 1887?]
Recipient: Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS
Messrs Dowdeswell & Sons -
First I wish to acknowledge the delicate discretion on your part in the matter of the printing of the promised proofs - You have not nagged and worried about them - for which considering the great pressure of work, I am grateful - and in return have great pleasure in telling you that I forgot not my promise, and that the proofs are all printed - on exquisite old Dutch paper - and very beautiful they look - You can send for them [p. 2] tomorrow - here at the studio - say at about 1. o'clock -
You will have to press them - most carefully - as I am not at present provided with the proper means, and this I am sorry for, as I doubt if you will do it as perfectly as the proofs deserve!!! - Unless you get in Howell to do it for you - ! - I know no one alive who could so daintily manage it -
Now about Mrs Sassatt's [sic] picture -
Please do this and prepay their answer -
Cassatt's address is:
A. J. Cassatt. Esq.
Haverford Cottage P. Q.
Montgomery Co. P. A.
U. S. A.
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1. [8/15 July 1887?]
Dated by reference to etchings (see below).
2. Dowdeswell & Dowdeswell
Print dealers and publishers in London.
4. old Dutch paper
Old laid paper, some with Dutch watermarks, was used by JW for some, but by no means all, the etchings. It had a good colour and texture and took the ink well.
6. Mrs Sassatt's
Maria Lois Cassatt (1847-1920), née Buchanan, wife of A. J. Cassatt [more]. Arrangement in Black, No. 8: Portrait of Mrs Cassatt (YMSM 250) was painted in the Spring of 1883 and exhibited Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1885-1886, although still not finished to JW's satisfaction.
Possibly packers and shippers.