The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 94th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1862
Record 12 of 14

System Number: 08985
Date: [20 March 1863][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/6
Document Type: ALS[3]

7A Queens Road West -
Chelsea -


Dear Rose -

Many thanks for all that [you] have done and are so kindly doing[4] for me - I shall only be too glad to see about what etchings[5] I may have for exhibition by Thursday next - Tomorrow though I can't have the pleasure of dining with you, as I am finishing The White Girl[6] for the Salon in Paris and it ought to go off on [p. 2] Monday - so that I should be painting at it until late in the evening - I would very much like you to see it before I send it - If you were by any chance in Rosetti's[7] neighborhood tomorrow morning and could drop in and have a peep -

Shall I send the Brittany Sea piece to the 'Artists & Amateurs'[8] or would it be too large?

Ever Yours

J Whistler

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1.  [20 March 1863]
20 March 1863 was a Friday, and on the following Monday, 23 March, JW wrote to Fantin-Latour that he was about to bring Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) to Paris for the Salon (#11456).

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  ALS
'5' is written in another hand in the top right corner.

4.  doing
i.e. the lease for 7 Lindsey Row.

5.  etchings
Almost certainly etchings of the Thames, such as those published as A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871 (the 'Thames Set') (K.38-44, 46, 52, 66, 68, 71, 74-76, 95) (excat 4).

6.  The White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) was rejected at the Salon and exhibited at the Salon des Refusés in May.

7.  Rosetti's
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

8.  Brittany Sea piece to the 'Artists & Amateurs'
Probably The Coast of Brittany (YMSM 37), which had been exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1862. In the end JW sent the even larger painting, Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38), to the Artists' and Amateurs' Conversazione, Willis's Rooms, London, 26 March 1863.