The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 92nd Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1860
Record 5 of 6

System Number: 11113
Date: [June/September 1863?][1]
Author: John O'Leary[2]
Place: [Dublin?]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[3]

[...] I need scarcely tell you how glad I was to hear all the newspapers and other papers singing your praise this year. To be sure they seem to consider you rather a perverse character but they all allow you can paint which is certainly the main matter [...]

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1.  [June/September 1863?]
This may date from after May 1863 when Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38), was a succés de scandale at the Salon des Refusés in Paris and was praised by Paul Mantz (1821-1895), art critic [more], and others, but before August or September 1863 when JW wrote again to O'Leary (see #09333). However, it could date from after May 1860, when At the Piano (YMSM 24) was a success, or after May 1865, when Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34) were well reviewed at the Royal Academy.

2.  John O'Leary
John O'Leary (1830-1907), Irish nationalist and journalist [more].

3.  PLfc
Extract from Maggs, Sale Catalogue 449, London, 1924 (cat. no. 457).