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Documents associated with: 5th Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil, Dudley Gallery, London, 1871
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System Number: 05011
Date: 10 October 1871
Author: Edward John Poynter[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London?]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P651
Document Type: ALS[2]

'68A' 'No. 76'[3]

Beaumont Lodge,
Wood lane, Shepherd's Bush.

Tues. Oct. 10. 71.

My dear Jemmy,

I was sorry again not to be able to go to see you on Sunday - but I am so busy just now. - I went to the Dudley[4] at the end of last week, but too late alas! to be of any use, for the pictures were most of them hung. One of yours[5] is properly placed, but the other "the moon-light"[6] seems to have riled the hangers for they have placed it badly.

[p. 2] Had it been possible for me to be present at the hanging I would have gone, but my time is completely taken up -

- If you think my opinion worth anything, perhaps you will allow me to say how very much I admire both the paintings, but especially the moonlight, which renders the poetical side of the scene better than any moonlight picture I ever saw. I wish I had been there to see justice [p. 3] done to it -

Very truly yours

Edward J. Poynter.

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1.  Edward John Poynter
Edward John Poynter (1836-1919), history and genre painter [more].

2.  ALS
Published in Spencer, Robin, ed., Whistler: A Retrospective, New York, 1989, p. 101.

3.  '68A' 'No. 76'
Inscribed in left and right margins at top of page in two unknown hands.

4.  Dudley
The 5th Winter Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in Oil, Dudley Gallery, which opened at the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, in November 1871.

5.  One of yours
Variations in Violet and Green (YMSM 104), Musée d'Orsay. The picture was no. 225 in the exhibition catalogue.

6.  moonlight
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103). It was exhibited at the Dudley Gallery as 'Harmony in Blue-Green - Moonlight' (cat. no. 265).