The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889
Record 7 of 62

System Number: 00617
Date: 7 November 1888
Author: Theodore Child[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C118
Document Type: ALS



LE 7 Nov. 1888

Dear Mr Whistler

In the beginning of Sept. I sent you a proof for approval of your nocturne in blue and silver[2] of old Battersea Bridge, and asked you to be good enough to send me a good photo of the picture of girls and flowers on a balcony[3] or something equivalently lovely in that note. I am still waiting for an answer, but I cannot wait much longer. Time is passing as usual with prodigious rapidity and the opening of the Exhibition will be upon us very shortly. You will please bear in mind that I offer you the lion's share in the article I am preparing on American art at the Paris Exhibition[4], but if you do not take your share quickly somebody else will come along and snap at it. Semi-seriously I should like you to regard this reminder as a final warning: Time is passing; engravers are anxiously waiting; where are the Whistlers? Where are the flowers and the maidens?

Faithfully yours

Theodore Child

James McN. Whistler Eq

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1.  Theodore Child
Theodore Child (1846-1892), journalist and art critic [more].

2.  nocturne in blue and silver
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140), which was called 'Nocturne in Blue and Silver' until at least 1886, but retitled for exhibition in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. An engraving, the first reproduction of this work, was published in Child, Theodore, 'American Artists at the Paris Exhibition,' Harpers New Monthly Magazine, vol. 79, no. 472, September 1889, pp. 489-521, p. 494.

3.  girls and flowers on a balcony
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56), reproduced ibid., p. 491. This was the first reproduction of this work.

4.  American art at the Paris Exhibition
This related to the Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889. See Child, op. cit. Child had been working on the article for some time (see T. Child to JW, #00614, #00615, #00616).