Documents associated with: Art and Art Critics
Record 14 of 35
System Number: 02818
Date: [6 January 1879]
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/117/2
Document Type: ALS
THE WHITE HOUSE.
'6. January. 1879.'
The pamphlet is going like smoke! -
I saw Herrman and told him what you said and was obliged to write to Allingham then & there [p. 2] at Herrman's request a letter saying that as he had had instructions from Howell to pay the cheque for £10 - would he do so at once and oblige &c &c -
How is Allingham - poor old Theo - I wanted to get out and see him - but couldn't -
Is it getting on with Rose?
I shall be in until 3 tomorrow -
Do come round for a moment - or at any rate see to the Herrmann cheque being attended to -
Howell arranged for Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) and Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203) to be engraved by Richard Josey (1840-1906), reproductive engraver [more]. Howell had a subscription pamphlet printed, and on 1 January 1879 J. A. Rose subscribed for engravings (Rose to C. A. Howell, #11902). JW's letter suggests that the initial reaction to the engravings was positive. On 1 May 1879 JW sold Howell the copyright on both paintings, and at that time the portraits were still being engraved (#02835).
6. Daily News
Editorial, Daily News, 4 January 1879, p. 5.
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.
Louis Herrman (b. 1810 or 1811), of Gilby and Herrman, artists' suppliers, later a picture dealer [more]. JW's financial dealings with Hermann and Howell were complex and well-nigh incomprehensible, involving loans of money, with paintings as security. JW petitioned to be declared bankrupt in January and was declared insolvent on 6 May 1879. Hermann was among his creditors.