The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Künstler-Genossenschaft, Munich, 1891
Record 3 of 9

System Number: 09382
Date: [May/June 1891][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Walford Graham Robertson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Call Number: Special Collections
Document Type: ALS


Dear Mr Robertson -

In the hurry today, and the preoccupation with the Dowdeswell[3] matter, I forgot to tell you that I have had a letter from der Herr Doctor Paulus[4], Director of the Exhibition in Münich, begging that your two pictures[5], which he has just seen in Paris, & of which he is wildly enamoured, may be allowed to go on from the Champ de Mars (with other notable works the Frenchmen are sending) to the Münich Exhibition[6] -

Now I have ready for you at once, if you like, [p. 2] "La Dame au brodequin jaune[7]" - (Lady Archibald Campbell[8]) and one of the pictures of the girls by the seaside[9] you know in the dining room here -

What say you? -

I need not tell you how pleased I shall be if you further, in this way, the spreading of our two reputations! -

Always sincerely

J McN. Whistler

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1.  [May/June 1891]
Dated by reference to exhibitions (see below).

2.  Walford Graham Robertson
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more].

3.  Dowdeswell
Messrs Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers in London.

4.  Doctor Paulus
Adolf Paulus (b. 1851), business manager of the Kϋnstlergenossenschaft and instigator of the Munich Secession in 1893 [more], regarding Kϋnstler-Genossenschaft, Munich, 1891. Correspondence from him in 1891 is at #04208 and #04209.

5.  pictures
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73) and Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203), both shown in 1st Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1891.

6.  Münich
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73) was probably shown at 6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892 as 'Dämmerung'.

7.  "La Dame au brodequin jaune"
JW lent Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) to Roberston while his other pictures were away.

8.  Lady Archibald Campbell
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

9.  girls by the seaside
Possibly Symphony in Blue and Pink (YMSM 86) or The White Symphony: Three Girls (YMSM 87), but these are not known to have been lent.