Documents associated with: 3rd Exhibition, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1901
Record 3 of 9
your little picture of the "Barbers' Shop" has never been shown in London. It was kind of you to lend it to me once in Paris - and I venture now to ask you to let me have it for the International - The tiny panel is rather a favorite of mine -
1. 16 September 1901
The letter is either dated by JW or bears this postmark; it was recorded with this date when published (see below).
2. Humphrey Roberts
Humphrey Roberts, collector.
Published in Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980 (cat. no. 444). The letter was then in a private collection.
It had been exhibited with A Collection of Selected Works by Painters of the English, French and Dutch Schools, Goupil Gallery, London, 1898. However, that was probably shortly before it was bought by Johnstone. He did not, as far as is known, lend it again during JW's lifetime, and certainly not to the 3rd Exhibition, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1901. It is clear that JW did not know Johnstone personally, and he later asked D. C. Thomson to contact Roberts on his behalf (13 November 1902, #08444).