The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exposition Générale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1890
Record 1 of 14

System Number: 06800
Date: [1888/1892?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [unknown]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W789
Document Type: ALdf[2]

No. 1. "There" he said with a laugh, is the id you have the identical "pot of paint"[3] - it has just returned from its travels abroad -

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1.  [1888/1892?]
Dated from reference to painting (see below). The date could be 1890 as the picture was exhibited that year at both the Exposition Générale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1890, and the 105th exhibition, Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivants, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1890.

2.  ALdf
This is a fragment of a letter, perhaps to a newspaper editor.

3.  pot of paint
John Ruskin's description of Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), as 'a pot of paint' flung in the public's face, which led to the libel trial Whistler v. Ruskin in 1878 (Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213).