The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 8th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1884
Record 2 of 14

System Number: 01867
Date: 15 April 1884
Author: Sir Coutts Lindsay[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G232
Document Type: ALS


April 18 1884

My dear Whistler

Your two pictures have just been deliver[e]d here -

I like your portrait of Lady Lonsdale[2] very much, but I trust that you will withdraw that of Monsieur Duret[3], the work [p. 2] is so incomplete & slightly made out that I cannot accept it at the Grosvenor -

I wish my dear Whistler that you would do yourself and me more justice [p. 3] and not send work that cannot do you or me credit

Believe me
Yours Sincerely

Coutts Lindsay

[p. 4] 'Sr Coutts[4] Lindsy [sic] about Duret'

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1.  Sir Coutts Lindsay
Sir Coutts Lindsay (1824-1913), Bart., co-founder of the Grosvenor Gallery [more]. There is a draft of JW's conciliatory reply (#01868).

2.  portrait of Lady Lonsdale
JW did not paint Gladys Mary Juliet Herbert (d.1917), Lady Lonsdale, later Countess de Grey [more]. The painting was Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242), and it was exhibited at 8th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1884.

3.  Monsieur Duret
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more]. Arrangement en couleur chair et noir: Portrait de Théodore Duret (YMSM 252) was finally exhibited at 103rd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1885.

4.  Sr Coutts ...Duret
Written in JW's hand, in pencil.