Documents associated with: 8th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1884
Record 5 of 14
System Number: 09649
Date: [20/30 April 1884?]
Recipient: Théodore Duret
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 9/567
Document Type: TLc
Mon cher Duret -
Forgive my not having written before now to thank you for all your kind intervention on my behalf in Paris.
Do send me any further news you may have -
It will not be necessary for you to come yet awhile for the picture.
They are vexed with me at the Grosvenor - and refuse to have it - saying I believe that it is too much the "Portrait of a Gentleman" - Voilà -
We will keep it and show it in Paris -
I am not well
Tout à vous
1. [20/30 April 1884?]
Dated by reference to exhibition (see below).
This probably relates to Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). Duret had escorted it to and from 102nd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1884, but on his return to London, failed to persuade a rich merchant from Dublin to buy it.
Sir Coutts Lindsay (1824-1913), Bart., co-founder of the Grosvenor Gallery [more], rejected the portrait of Duret for 8th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1884 (see his letter to JW, 18 April 1884, #01867; and JW's reply, #01868). A year later it was hung at 103rd exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1885.