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Documents associated with: lecture tour, plans for US
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System Number: 08616
Date: [27 September 1885][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Walter Dowdeswell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
Document Type: ALS[3]


BEEFSTEAK CLUB,
KING WILLIAM STREET,
STRAND, W. C.

My dear Walter -

How do you like the proofs? - Isn't "the Garden"[4] lovely? -

Now I want you to help me to the best of your capacity -

I must know the whereabouts of every one of my little pictures -

You promised [p. 2] that you would give me the address of each one by referring to the catalogues -

Then again, you must arrange with the man[5] who bought the lot that remained over after the exhibition of the "Flesh color & grey"[6], to let his collection go with me to America[7] -

Always

[butterfly signature]


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Envelope:

Walter Dowdeswell Esq.
133. New Bond Street -
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON W. C. / [G 7?] / SP 27 / 85


Notes:

1.  [27 September 1885]
Dated from postmark.

2.  Walter Dowdeswell
Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929), art dealer [more].

3.  ALS
The letter is written at right-angles to the printed address.

4.  the Garden
Garden (K.210).

5.  man
Probably Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), barrister and collector [more], who bought twenty-nine drawings on 1 July 1885 (see Dowdeswell list, #00867). Theobald told Pennell that he purchased 'some thirty or forty drawings or pastels through the Dowdeswells' (see Studies for the Mummy Cloth & Notes for Dress (M.568)). See also receipt, #00858.

6.  Flesh color & grey
Probably 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.

7.  America
It seems that JW intended to visit America in c. October 1885, at least intending on reaching New York and perhaps elsewhere (see JW to W. Merritt Chase, #00593, and H. Wunderlich to JW, #07153). Helen Lenoir (1852-1913), née Coupar Black, actress and stage manager [more], later wrote that she expected him to take his lecture to America in 'about September' 1886 (H. Lenoir to R. D'Oyly Carte, #00927). However, he never made it across the Atlantic, probably due to his increasing involvement with the Society of British Artists (he was elected President on 1 June 1886) and his intensifying rivalry with Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].