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System Number: 01301
Date: 26 October 1895
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F233
Document Type: ALS


BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES
[royal coat of arms]
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION. 1879
MELBOURNE. 1880
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR VIENNA. 1883
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON." [...]

THE FINE ART SOCIETY LIMD.
148, NEW BOND ST. W.

26 Octr 1895

Dear Mr Whistler

I have seen your letter to Mr Way[2], the purport of which is that you think that the lithograph Exhibition should be offered to the highest bidder, our proposal not being a satisfactory one.

I should be quite ready to enter into any [p. 2] arrangement which would make the sale a more assured one to you which is what I gather that you want -

For it appears to me that a sale purchase out & out of the stones or a portion of them would not be possible there being so many of them, and it being a matter of speculation as to which of them the public 'would fix' upon as favourites.

If you will fix the tirage from each stone - some of them I hear have been largely printed & sold already - also the nett [p. 3] price at which you would sell impressions of each - Also the length of time you would grant an exclusive sale for and your idea of how much the sale ought to be guaranteed I think that the business might quickly be settled - & quickly it must be if the tide is to be taken at the flood.

I gathered from Mr Way that you had a difficulty with regard to the claims upon the exhibition which another firm might have - but I think that this need not stand in the way - [p. 4] We are all anxious, no doubt, to have your lithographs - We have most of us had Exhibitions of your work - This will not probably be the last time you will exhibit by any means & others will have their turn, as we have waited for ours: we have at least the claim that we were the first to show your work -

I write in some haste as we have a Private View on today and I don't want to lose another post

Failly yours

Marcus B Huish


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Notes:

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

2.  your letter to Mr Way
See JW to T. R. Way, [25 October 1895], #03409. JW eventually agreed terms with the Fine Art Society (see G. & W. Webb to JW, #06223). His exhibition, Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895, opened on 7 December 1895.