Document associated with: Fair Children, Grafton Galleries, London, 1895
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System Number: 13256
Date: [18/25 November 1898]
Recipient: [newspaper editor]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X80b
Document Type: ALfd
Now that the scribes have ceased their scribbling, and the grasshopper has gone back to his box, and the Galleries are wound up to run by themselves, I will put my pen in the pot - for the occasion is mine - and we may be pleasantly merry!
I will then confide to you that the portrait of Miss May Alexander was commenced many years ago - interrupted in its beginning, by illness of the young lady - and never afterwards touched! -
The work is of the same date, if you will keep it a public secret, as the better known picture of the sister "Miss Alexander". -
At the express request of the Committee, I allowed the
picture painting in the Graffton [sic] - Galleries, to be exhibited, [illegible] without a word of explanation - that I might test, for my further reflection, the swift perception of the advanced cogniscienti [sic] since that earlier period, and note their instant pleasure in the technical direction and analysis of the painter's work in it's various stages -
It is reposeful to find no difference after all, between the independant [sic] ones who in those days wrote of the first portrait, as "unfinished" -
but hideous intolerable and those of today
[ obsequious?] the polished [illegible] and [...]
1. [18/25 November 1898]
This draft letter probably dates from shortly after the draft on the verso to W. Heinemann, [18 November 1898], #07510. It refers to an exhibition at the Grafton Gallery in the autumn of 1898, but apparently some time had elapsed since the show (see below).
2. A Confidence
Double underlined. The letter does not appear to have been published.
4. Miss Alexander
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129). JW exhibited the painting in the 8th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1898 (cat. no. 5) under the title 'Miss May Alexander'.