DescriptionJames McNeill Whistler Archive consisting of one James McNeil Whistler Autograph Letter Signed and five books, one inscribed by Whistler, the British-based American-born artist.
James McNeil Whistler Autograph Letter Signed "James McNeill Whistler." One page, October 15 [n.y.]. Giving directions to his representative Edward Guthrie Kennedy, Whistler writes in part, "Can you make out this list as articulated by Mr. Anderson and send it over to Mr. Kennedy? You had better say to Mr. Kennedy that his cheque should be made out to the Company of the Butterfly as usual." The artist's letter is in response to and on the verso of a letter written from a "C. Anderson," who has addressed the letter to "Mr. Whistler" (dated October 10, n.y.) regarding a list of lithographs and "other papers at the gallery." Whistler created the Butterfly Company in London in 1897 in order to dispense with the middlemen between him and his clients. This letter has been repaired at the central fold. Minor tape damage has occurred along that fold on the side written by Anderson. Toned.
The five books included are Eden Versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly, A Valentine with a Verdict (Published by Louis-Henry May, Paris, 1899, limited edition). Gilt on paper boards and yellow-cloth spine with some wear. Inscribed to James Guthrie, "of charming colour in works - and words!" and signed with Whistler's butterfly signature. Custom slipcase and two-fold folder. [and:] Recollections and Impressions of James A. McNeill Whistler (J. B. Lippincott Company, 1904) with wear to paper boards. [and:] "Ten O'Clock": A Lecture by James A. McNeill Whistler (Published by Thomas Bird Mosher, 1916) with minor wear to paper boards. [and:] The Life of James McNeill Whistler, two volumes (J. B. Lippincott Company, 1908), in paper boards with mustard cloth spine. Minor wear. James Whistler began developing his butterfly signature - based on his initials -- in the 1860s during a period when he was interested in Asian art. The shape of the butterfly evolved over his lifetime as he applied the design to correspondence and paintings.
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