Documents associated with: International Exhibition, South Kensington Museum, London, 1872
Record 4 of 9
System Number: 09021
Date: [14? April 1872]
Recipient: Alan Summerly Cole
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/2/2
Document Type: ALS
2 Lindsey Houses -
My dear Allan -
The White Girl  cannot leave the Studio tomorrow - dont send - I am very sorry to give you all this bother -
But the picture is now all right - and you can insert it in the Catalogue without fear and really have it on Wednesday morning - this I can promise - Will this do?
If I could possibly have forseen the delay that has been [p. 2] brought about by repairing this picture, I should certainly never have made a proposal that has I fear caused you all so very much trouble -
I called to tell you all this tonight but unfortunately you were not at home -
J A McN. Whistler -
Partly published in sale cat., G. J. C. Grasberger, Philadelphia, c. 1926, p. 10, lot 18, priced at $55.00, described as 12vo.
4. White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) was then owned, in theory, by Julia de Kay Whistler (1825-1875), née Winans, JW's sister-in-law [more]. However, JW was repairing it for inclusion in the International Exhibition, South Kensington Museum, London, 1872. The area around the face had been damaged and, when completed, it had a more ethereal and dreamy appearance. He did not complete it, however, and was forced to show Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) instead (see #09011).
The catalogue of the International Exhibition, South Kensington Museum, London, 1872.