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System Number: 01233
Date: 5 September 1889
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: Lowestoft
Recipient: JW
Place: [Amsterdam]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F165
Document Type: ALS

18 Kirkley Cliff

Sept 5th 1889

My dear Whistler

I am right glad to hear[2] that you have got such a promising subject[3] & with so much enthusiasm imparted to it, it shd certainly be a success.

I shall be back in Town on Monday next [p. 2] & will then go into the whole matter with Mr. Brown[4] but meanwhile there is one little error in your calculation I wd point out -

Supposing the 30 proofs say 300 in all, were every one sold at £10, they would only realize a profit for us if they were sold privately [p. 3] If we allowed 1/3rd to the trade as we certainly shd do & sold 2/3rd of them through that outlet as we shd certainly have to do we shd then - selling every one of them only have some a return some what like this

Sale of 2/3d to trade  - 1360[5] pounds
        1/3  privately - 1000  Do.
     Payments [on?]      2100

for profit, interest on outlay &c - mounting. &c. [p. 4] This is putting each set at 100 guineas the 10. which is a solid price.

Perhaps you can survey & report on these figures by Monday or Tuesday - on which day I am off to Scotland for a fortnight.

Fai[thfu]lly yrs

Marcus B Huish

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1.  Marcus Bourne Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

2.  to hear
JW had written to him on 3 September (#08803).

3.  subject
'Holland set', 1889 (K.402-416) (excat 10).

4.  Mr. Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

5.  1360
1360 was originally written 1330. The FAS did not publish the Amsterdam etchings although they did sell many of them.