The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887
Record 2 of 23

System Number: 03322
Date: [May/June 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 5/140/1
Document Type: MsLc[3]

[butterfly signature]

You are of course Splendid! - & of the "Amazing" -

To be understood by you is my delight! - to do beautiful things with you is my ambition -

I have a plan! -

A bientot!

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The Lady Colin Campbell.
2 Victoria Mansions.


1.  [May/June 1886?]
Dated from probable reference to portrait (see below).

2.  Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell
Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell (1857-1911), née Blood, Lady Colin Campbell, writer, art critic and amateur artist [more]. JW's 'plan' may have been a proposal to paint her portrait as she posed for him during the summer and autumn of 1886. The completed work, Harmony in White and Ivory: Portrait of Lady Colin Campbell (YMSM 354), was exhibited at the Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887, (cat. no. 259).

3.  MsLc
This copy is in the hand of Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more]; the envelope was apparently sent by hand.