The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10009
Date: [1883/1884?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Mortimer Luddington Menpes[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Document Type: ALS

My dear Menpes -

I am sure that, in you, I have detected the thoughtful and kind friend who sent me this wonderful stone[3] -

How very nice of you - I am delighted with it and you must [p. 2] come down and we will set it up and sharpen all the needles and start a new career!

You had better look in on Saturday morning early - and we might go on to the Studio together -

Meanwhile a thousand thanks


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1.  [1883/1884?]
Dated by signature.

2.  Mortimer Luddington Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

3.  stone
JW sharpened his etching tools on a small whetstone, to maintain the sharpest point possible. He was at this period helped by Menpes in printing A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6).