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System Number: 00303
Date: [c. 31 December 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: George Bird[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B79
Document Type: ALS


[butterfly signature]

THE WHITE HOUSE,[3]
CHELSEA EMBANKMENT.

So you are back! My dear Doctor you ought to have been here at the fight![4] - I said to your sister[5] that together you and I could whip the crowd I believed! -

Now go at once this very day to Chatto & Windus[6] - Piccadilly - you know Swinburnes[7] publishers, and ask for several copies of Whistler's pamphlet[8]. [p. 2] and you are not to give them away! but to make everybody else get them also at Chatto's - so that the run on the thing may keep up! - Miss Bird[9] must go herself too - The ladies you know are the ones to win the world with and especially they must eagerly cry out in full Piccadilly for Whistlers pamphlet!

You remember that I "shoved Seymour Haden[10] on ten years"! well I rather fancy this will let old Ruskin[11] down to the end of his Almanack with a run! -

Ever yours

J A McN. Whistler

All right about the Carlyles[12] - It is a pang to have to give up the pretty pink cheque to the Graves[13]! - You will have the prints directly


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Notes:

1.  [c. 31 December 1878]
Dated from reference to Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878, which has the date of 24 December 1878 on the cover.

2.  George Bird
Dr George Bird (1817-ca 1899), physician [more].

3.  THE WHITE HOUSE,
The address heading is embossed on page.

4.  the fight!
JW's libel suit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], Whistler v. Ruskin, 25-26 November 1878.

5.  sister
Alice L. Bird (b. ca 1833), sister of Dr George Bird [more].

6.  Chatto & Windus
London publishers of Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.

7.  Swinburne's
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), poet and critic [more].

8.  Whistler's pamphlet
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.

9.  Miss Bird
i.e. Alice L. Bird (see above).

10.  Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

11.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

12.  Carlyles
A mezzotint of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), was engraved by Richard Josey during the summer of 1878. According to Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. I, p. 227, the first proofs were delivered on 2 December 1878.

13.  Graves
Henry Graves (1806-1892), print dealer and founder of H. Graves and Co. [more]. The firm published the mezzotint of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).