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System Number: 11000
Date: [May 1869][1]
Author: George Augustus Sala[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Brotherton Library, University of Leeds
Call Number: Brotherton Library
Document Type: ALS


Reform Club;
Pall Mall. S.W.

Saturday

My dear Whistler

Yes but Chapman's "Golden Witch"[3] - an admirable picture - seems to me cribbed from Sandys' "Medea"[4]. Or they must have had the same model. Or, the principle of "natural inheritance" has again been vindicated; and the liniaments [sic] of Medea who flourished ever so many thousand years ago, reappear in this Golden Bitch of I suppose a mediaeval period. Never mind: I shall slaughter[5] the picture on Monday. The d_d elections have kept me away from all pictures for some time.

Will you come and dine with me here next Friday at seven o'clock. I will ask Sandys.

Yours always

George : aug: Sala


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Notes:

1.  [May 1869]
Dated from reference to Sandys' Frederick Sandys, Medea (z173), which was first exhibited in May 1869 (see below).

2.  George Augustus Sala
George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), artist, journalist and critic [more].

3.  Chapman's 'Golden Witch'
Probably a work by George R. Chapman (b. 1834), artist [more]. Unidentified.

4.  Sandys' Medea
Frederick Sandys, Medea (z173) (1868), by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904), portrait painter and designer [more]. It was exhibited at 101st Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1869.

5.  slaughter
Sala was art critic of the Daily Telegraph.