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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 13132
Date: 27 March 1872-18 April 1885
Author: Alan Summerly Cole[1]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 281/557-587
Document Type: MsD[2]


1872.
27 March. Whistler called in evening 27.III.72 about his picture for the Exhibition (The White Girl[3].)
Again on 15 April
White Girl not forthcoming on 25 April.
The Exhibition however had his "White girl" and "The Princess[4]," variations in flesh colour, grey and blue (See Catalogue Art Dept., London International Exhibition 1872[5]).
Jimmy to supper 19th May.
On 9th June (Sunday) to Whistler's studio Cheyne Walk - sketches and drawings - Frank Dicey[6] there.

1873
7 January. He came to our Amateur theatricals "Golden Fleece" when Sullivan and F. Clay[7] played music for it.
26 January. To Cheyne Walk with my father[8] to see J's Gold Lady [9]- which was not finished.
9 February. To J's to see a Symphony in Gold (eccentric but effective.) ? was this a Cremorne Symphony.[10]
16 February. To breakfast off blue and white. His portrait of Leyland[11] then in hand - saw it.
15 March. He dined with us and later entertained my brother and myself with excerpts from Mons. Prudhomme (Monnier.)[12]
20 April. J. came round early in concern as to his Gold Lady - which he hadn't finished.
20 May. 12 To see J.W. Extraordinary pretty decoration - very roughly done - blue, yellow green - salmon colour - gold dado &c, (? this at his house in Cheyne walk - or at Leyland's.)

1874
In June '74, an Exhibition of whistler's works in Pall Mall.[13]
10 July. J. Whistler and Gee[14] (a weak hanger on of J.W.) came to dine.
20 September. W. to dine. Full of building a new house and establishing an atelier for students.
9 October. Whistler printing etching and Dry points - Howell[15] with him was full of various anecdotes about Ruskin, Rossetti[16] and others.

1875
16 November. Dined with Jimmy. Tissot[17] - A. Moore[18] and Capt. Crabb[19]. Lovely blue and white china - and capital small dinner. General conversation and ideas on art unfettered by principles. Lovely Japanese lacquer.
Jimmy used to call his white plume "Meche de Silas[20]."
Jimmy dined with me at the Garrick.
2 December. Tete-a-tete. He was very great on critics and their ignorance of facts, which must be either right or wrong and not matters of opinion. We went to Trial by Jury[21] at the Royalty. He held forth very much on beauty of falling snow and lights - trees covered with snow. (It was a cold snowy night.)
7 December. Dined with Jimmy (Lindsey Houses). Cyril Flower[22] - Tissot - Storey[23] - Talked Balzac[24] - Pere Goriot - Cousine Bette, Cousin Pons - Jeune Homme de Province à Paris - Illusions perdues
19 December. Whistler to supper and give us an imitation of two men fighting - very great on Mons. Prudhomme.
21 December. He dined at Mrs. Greville's[25] - and then she and Mrs Probyn[26] he and I to Rip van Winkle - Jefferson's[27] acting over which he was enthusiastic. Later he discussed as to practical impossibility of giving Shakespeare's[28] plays properly on the stage. The literary poetic power in them being too great for stage representation.

1876.
6 January. With my father and mother[29] to dine at Whistler's. Mrs. Montiori, Mrs. Stansfield[30] and Gee there. My father on the innate desire or ambition of some men to be creators, either physical or mental. Whistler considered art had reached a climax with Japanese and Velazquez. He had to admit natural instinct and influence - and the ceaseless changing in all things.
9 January. very foggy. to Whistler - not very bright. He read me some fresh poetry he had discovered by an A. Whistler[31] - We discussed a little as to the Shakespere question. He dressed and came round to dine. Amusing at dinner very much on Haden[32]. Later I showed him Charles Lambs[33] essays which pleased him much. He told of his adventures going out to Valparaiso in the Ship Henrietty[34]. He slept at M:Sq: on account of fog. Bed in my room. Next morning walked round with him in his dress clothes to Lindsey Houses - where we breakfasted - his doctor - one Morgan - and Frank Fowke[35] - breakfast buckwheat cake and molasses.
21 February. Rehearsal at Hall. Whistler and Isabella [36]"Under the Umbrella."
24 February. Rehearsal of "Under the Umbrella." Whistler and I not loud enough. W. came home with me for supper.
26 February. Performance at Hall - pretty good.
28 February. Paragraph in Daily News on Whistler and Isabella's performance. In evening last performance. Walked home with Whistler who was elated with his performance.
10 March. Dined at Mrs. Grevilles - Whistler there, also Canon Harford[37]. Mr. and Mrs Alfred Wigan - Admiral Englefield[38] . Harford very strong on Gustave Dore[39], Whistler amusing in opposition.
12 March. Dined with Jimmy. Miss Franklin[40] there. Great conversation on Spiritualism, in which J. believes. We tried to get raps - but were unsuccessful, except in getting noises from sticky fingers on the table.
14 March. Whistler dined with me at Museum. Mrs Greville, Lady Probyn and the Fowkes.
19 March. Whistler in to smoke. He was in great excitement over Sir Coutts Lindsay's Gallery[41] for pictures - very select exhibition which he carried to an extreme by saying that it might be opened with only one picture worthy of being shown that season.
24 March. To Leyland's House[42] to see Whistler's colouring of Hall - very delicate cocoa colour and gold - successful.
25 March. Round to Whistler's to dine. Mrs. Leyland and Mrs. Galsworthy[43] and others.
3 April. W. called and asked me to take him out. He dined with me at Grafton - later on looked in at Judge and Jury in Leicester Square low and stupid - St. James's Restaurant - Whistler related adventures years ago when on the Rhine and he drew portraits at fairs and signed each of them.
1 May. To Whistler who had painted some living portraits most rapidly - one of Irving as Philip[44]. J.W. quite and madly enthusiastic about his power of painting such full lengths in two sittings or so.
2 May. With J.W. to see his progress in Leyland's House - colouring tender and good but his flowers on golden panels and leather are too unfinished - very slight - not satisfying.
19 May. J.W. called for my father - I went round later and in two hours J.W. had made a strong commencement upon a nearly life size portrait of my father.[45] Looking at it reflected in glass and how figure stood well within the frame.
27 May. To see Whistler and his portraits. (? for the Grosvenor[46]). F. Miles and Ld. R. Gower[47] came in.
10 July. To see Whistler at Prince's Gate.
12 July. Whistler to dine.
11 September. Whistler dined. Most entertaining with his brilliant description of his successful decorations at Leyland's. His confidential interviews with his creditor tradesmen - so to see Voyage dans la Lune[48] (Alhambra?) - dull.
16 September. Dined with W. - Eldon[49] there. Hot discussion about Napoleon. (Napoleon le petit by Hugo[50]) - The Commune with which J. sympathised - spiritualism.
20 September. To see Peacock Room. [51]Peacock feather devices - blue and gold - extremely new and original.
20 October. Up to see Whistler - room not finished yet. He was vague.
26 October. To see Room which is developing - The dado and panels greatly help it. Met Poynter[52] who spoke highly of Whistler's decoration.
27 October. Again to Room with Moody[53]. He did not like the varnished surface and blocky manner of laying on the gold.
29 October. To Peacock Room - Mitford[54] came.
10 November. The blue over the brown (leather) background is most admirable in effect and the ornament in gold on blue fine. W. quite mad with excitement.
20 November. With Prince Teck[55] to see Whistler and the Room. Left P.T. with Jimmy.
29 November. Golden Peacocks promise to be superb.
4 December. Peacocks superb.
8 December. Article in Morning Post[56] on Peacock Room.
9 December. W. in a state over article in M. P. - Leyland much perturbed as I heard.
15 December. Whistler now thinking of cutting off the pendant ceiling lamps in Peacock Room.
17 December. My father and Probyns to see Room. Jimmy much disgusted at my father's telling him that in taking so much pains with his work and in the minuteness of his etched work he really was like Mulready[57] who was equally scrupulous.
29 December. To dine with J. the Doctor[58]. - Goldfish in bowl. Japanese trays. - Storks and birds. He read out two or three stories by Bret Harte[59] - Luck of Roaring Camp. The Outcasts of Poker Flat Tennessee's Partner. Chatted as to doing illustration for a Catalogue for Mitford and to his Japanese woman and a decorated room for the museum[60].

1877
11 January. With J. who showed me portrait of a small fair haired boy [61]- en route called in Mistle [sic?] Grove upon the original of his White Girl[62] now a buxom short woman of say 40.
12 January. J. came to dine - He read out some of Henri Monnier's Scenes Populaires - rather full of an invitation he had had to Lady Airlie [63](Mitford's mother-in-law.)
9 February. to Prince's Gate - Whistler receiving members of the Press.
18 February. Round to see J. who was elated with the praises of the Press of Peacock Room.
5 March. Late at Prince's Gate with Jimmy - consoling him. He is trying to finish the peacocks on shutters - with him till 2 A.M. and walked home.
26 March. Dined at Probyns - Whistler and I walked home - he came in for smoke and chat.
27 March. Dined with Whistler. A young Mills and Lang[64] who writes - he seemed shocked at much that was said by Jimmy and Eldon.
April 3. Met Jimmy at the Jopling's[65] - much talk on spiritualism.
29 April. Dinner at Mrs. Grevilles - Probyn - old Planche[66] - Harford - Ingelfield - Sir B. Leighton[67] - Whistler late in arriving - walked home with him.
6 May. To Grosvenor - Whistler's paintings.
9 May. Reception at Grosvenor[68].
13 May. Breakfast with Whistler - Eldon and Lord Lindsay[69] - who related how he had photographed the vibrations caused by spirit raps.
21 May. Dined with J. Miss Franklin there.
6 June. J. came to dine - very hard up had the bailiffs in his house - stayed till late, and we wrote some letters about his pictures.
9 June. Jimmy to dine - Dull.
17 June. To breakfast at J's. F. Dicey, young Potter and Huth[70] there - He showed some studies from figures - light and elegant to be finished.
29 June. J. to dine - in great form.
24 July. J. to dine. He showed me his Leyland correspondence which is indiscreet on his part.
29 July. Round to Whistler. His correspondence with Leyland. Showed me his excellent portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Leyland[71].
[20 September. W. full of building new house & establishing atelier for students.]
[9 October. Printing etchings, drypoints. Howell[72] with him.]
4 December. Norman Lockyer[73] and Whistler to dine. They talked about the Spectrum, the action of certain rays on sensitive media like silver in photography. Whistler great in his method of painting what he saw - the necessity of a painter's retention of memory. He seizes the effect and paints it - ordinary painters see an effect - determine to paint it - try to do it, although all the time they are at work the first effect which they wanted has disappeared. Thus by constant changings, their pictures are built up of many pictures and have no real unity - Lockyer and Whistler agreed.
14 December. Jimmy dined with me and Donnelley[74] and then we three went round to Norman Lockyer's man party. J. rather faded out and was bored.

1878
7 January. With J. to dine at a little French Hotel in Arundell St. Piccadilly. Table d'Hote - so to Gaiety. The Grasshopper not very good though a tremendous puff for Whistler - Little Faust[75], Nellie Farren and Terry.
11 January. W's portrait in Vanity Fair[76].
13 January. With Jimmy to see his new house on the Embankment.
20 January. To J. was talked Marryatt's[77] novels. Lionel Robinson[78] there. Whistler painting scenes from little Dr. Faust at Gaiety which may turn out well, as a copy of his portrait of Leyland.
21 January. To Gaiety - Grasshopper. Terry stupidly said my master "Turner[79]" (instead of Whistler).
18 February. Whistler came. Mark Twains[80] haunting jingle in the train car. "Punch - punch - punch with care - punch in the presence of the passenger (jaire)" - chatted about his hard-up-ness.
22 February. Dined with W. Forbes of Chatham & Dover - Boehm - and Mitford.[81] Pleasant evening, anecdotes and stories. Suppressed Charivari - Gortchakoff and Dizzy[82]
24 February. Met J. at Mrs Flowers (Swan House, Embankment) and with him to see his new White House.
6 March. Jimmy sent to say he was coming to dine with me and would bring Miss Franklin. I sent him word to say No, it wouldn't do.
9 April. Sent rugs to Whistler (Indian blue and white Durries)
25 May. J. came to dine and we went on to the Joplings.
15 July. J. turned up and I noted some of his remarks on Art for him.
19 September. Called on J. who told me of his interview with Lord Beaconsfield[83] as to painting a portrait of him. He had been down at Hughenden - seen the old gentleman who however declined.
16 October. Poor J. turned up depressed - very hard up and fearful of getting old. Ruskin and Whistler[84] trial 25th to 27th November '78.
22 December. Whistler came round and read me his version[85] of Whistler v. Ruskin - pungent - much directness of purpose in it.

1879
9 May. Poor Jimmy's bankruptcy.
25 May. To breakfast at the White House. Mr. Lewis[86] had thrown his Aegis over him and he was safe for the present. He had painted some odd things over unfinished work. Two lobsters called "Ye loves of ye lobsters[87]" "an arrangement in Rats[88]" - the ark resting on Mount Ararat.
29 June. To Whistler's for breakfast. Much talk about Comedie Francaise and Sara Bernhardt[89].
7 September. J. turned up after supper. Apparently in great spirits. Everything to be sold up. He full of venom against Leyland whom he regards as "the Author" of his disagreeables! arranging his route to Venice.
8 September. To J. to see his painting of a demoniacal Leyland playing piano - Ye gold scab[90] - with an irruption [sic] of Frilthy Lucre - forcible piece of weird decoration - hideous - displaying bitter animus.

1880.
18 January. Heard of Jimmy from the Flowers[91] (dinner) who had been to Venice and found Jimmy much delighted with the Tintorets[92].
11 February. Whistler's sale[93] - blue and white - "Connie[94]" "Ye Creditor" (or Gold Scab)

1881
2 January. Jimmy called - as self-reliant and sure as ever - full of confidence in the superlative merit of his pastels which we are to go and see.
28 January. Whistler turned up for dinner very full of his private view to-morrow. Later on we concocted a letter inviting Prince Teck to come to it. His last draft was all right but he would insist on beginning it "Prince" - although I assured him "Sir" was the usual way of addressing him in a letter.
28 January. To Private view of J's pastels[95] of Venice - bright, fruitful in great variety of effects - water and reflections admirable - buildings rendered with minimum of touches - very real -
18 March. Whistler called. Highly incensed with Haden and Legros[96] conspiring to make out he was breaking his contract with the Fine Art Society.
27 March. W. called as to Haden, and Devenick's[97] [sic] etchings. Haden's blundering and insolence.
28 March. Jimmy and his letter[98] with a series of questions addressed to the Painter Etchers' President i.e. Haden.
31 March. Jimmy called early after breakfast to show us his letters to Haden.
10 April. Jimmy called in afternoon to say that Frank Miles[99] had sent to him that the Prince of Wales[100] would like to meet him - the point with Jimmy was should he go on an invitation passed through F. Miles.
15 May. J. called to show us latest phase of controversy with Haden who has received many unpleasant blows.
26 May. Met Jimmy who is taking a new studio in Tite Street where he is going to paint all the fashionables - views of crowds competing competing for sittings - carriages along the street.
26 August. Jimmy at the Flowers' Dinner Party talking on the raison d'etre of artists which was to do well - not to do good - also on Balzac - magic and spiritualism - his new yellow room. International Ctn [?] to preserve paintings - discussion Velasquez and Rubens[101]. He is busy painting three portraits of Mrs. Meux.[102]
11 December. To Whistler's He very well. Excellent water colours, and five portraits - He printing etchings. Oscar Wilde [103]there. He informed me that in literature a dull thing is dull on account of the writer's fault and not account of the subject treated by him.

1882
9 February. Whistler's version of Mrs. Poynter's [104]sudden confinement at the Heseltine's[105], and how Poynter[106] - "the sad P" - must have been in evening clothes for at least 3 days.
26 February. To Jimmy's to see his painting of Mrs. Meux. One very fine. His commencement of my father[107], good but slight, full length, evening clothes, long dark overcloak thrown back, red ribbon of Bath.
17 April. In spite of his illness, my father to Whistler's, who fretted him by not painting - my father thought that Jimmyhad merely touched the light on his shoes - and nothing else - altho' he stood and sat for over an hour and a half (my father died the next day).
2 May. To Whistler's. He painting his "blue girl[108]." Eldon[109] there - as a sort of claque, calling out "splendid" on each of Jimmy's strokes and touches on canvas. Eldon told me that he was in the studio when Jimmy was at work on my father's portrait on the 17th and that the last words my father had said to him were "Death waits for no man." After a long delay, Jimmy showed me his painting of my father, which he can make into a very fine thing.
7 June. Called at W. He at Paris.
11 June. To Jimmy. Cremorne Symphonies[110] and water colours. He is great form with a new fawn coloured long skirted frock coat, and extraordinary long cane. He had begun a full length portrait of Eldon[111].
24 September. To Jimmy's. He lent me proof of his Paddon and Howell correspondence[112]. Amusing, but too personal for general interest.

1883
17 February. To see Whistler's second series of Venice etchings[113] - catalogue very absurd in its quotations of critics.
5 July. M and I to dine with the Probyns. Whistler there. Bishop of Sodor and Man[114] too much for Jimmy, who invited M and me to breakfast on Sunday.
8 July. Breakfast at W's. Ld. Houghton[115], Oscar Wilde, Mrs. Singleton, Mrs. Moncrieff, Mrs. Gerald Potter, Lady Archie Campbell, the Storeys, Theodore Watts and some others. Very amusing and pleasant. Mrs. Moncrieff sang well afterwards. Ld. Houghton asked me about my father's memoirs. Margie[116] sat by him.

1884.
26 March. To Whistler's in Tite Street. He was painting a full length portrait of a girl[117] with a round black hat and showed me a few of his Cornish sketches[118]. Came home to dine. I wrote out his agreement with Dowdeswell's[119] for him. He was strong on Oscar Wilde's notions on Art, which he has derived from him (Jimmy).
30 April. To Grosvenor Private view. Jimmy's portrait of Lady Archie[120] quite surprising, graceful and charming.
17 May. To Dowdeswell's[121]. Whistler's Private View. Grey and flesh coloured decorations, many very delightful small paintings.
19 October. M. and I went to tea with him to see his fine full length of Sarasate[122], the violinist, for next year's "Academy." Mrs. Flower[123] there. He anxious to have an interview of himself in the Pall Mall.
24 October. Whistler to dine. We passed the evening writing out his views on Ruskin, Art, etc.
26 October. To Jimmy, who showed us some beautifully fresh new water colours of Holland[124], etc.
27 October. Jimmy to dine, continuing notes as to himself and Art.
28 October. Writing out Whistler's notes for him.
29 October. Jimmy to dine - writing notes as to his opinions on Art matters and discussing whether to offer them for publication to English Illustrated Magazine edited by Comyns Carr[125], or to whom.
19 November. Whistler called and told us how he was invited to Ireland where he was sending some of his works, and would lecture in Dublin[126].
7 December. Jimmy to supper. He read us his lecture on Art, which is capital, full of vivid descriptiveness.
19 December. Whistler and his lecturing project. He called in later again. He is completing his lecture, which he read to us. It is quite admirable from its poetry - simplicity - vivacity and interest.
22 December. Whistler to dine. Had not been able to bring his lecture, so gave us reminiscences of his early life at West Point and his effrontery with the Professors.
31 December. Jimmy to dine, very full of how A. Forbes [127](correspondent) had been impressed with his lecture and would arrange with D'Oyley Carte[128] as to when it should be delivered.

1885
17 January. W. to dine. Talking over his lecture. His arrangements with Doyley Carte, Miss Lenoir[129] is the factotum and head of the business.
8 February. J. looked in in great spirits about his lecture.
14 February. J and his lecture, writing at it until 1 o'clock.
16 February. Sent a notice of Whistler's lecture to him, to see what J had taken of his MS.
19 February. W. came and stayed for dinner. Talking over article for Times. He took up a note to Times office for me.
20 February. Jimmy's "Ten o'clock."[130] He gave it excellently by heart, after which J went to Times and saw Assistant Editor as to notice.
27 March. Whistler dining, and was full of his lectures at the British Artists[131] - and fine Art Society - Cambridge when Sydney Colvin[132] wanted to make an introductory speech which he (Jimmy) wouldn't allow. He gave us American anecdotes, one of an old Commodore who for the sake of getting whiskey took to the profession of watching corpses before burial.
17 April. Whistler came in and talked about British Artists and getting people to Private Views.
18 April. To B.A. private view.[133] Whistler's Sarasate - most distinguished - some followers of Whistler exhibiting. (Maud Franklin's little flower paintings.[134])


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Notes:

1.  Alan Summerly Cole
Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934), textile expert and museum official [more].

2.  MsD
The original diary has not been located, but excerpts were copied here, for Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) and his wife Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographers, and sent to them on 18 October 1906; another copy, covering some of the same entries, with slight variations in wording, by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], in #03432. Excerpts, again with slight variations in content and wording, were published in Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, see #12986.

3.  The White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38).

4.  La Princesse
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

5.  International Exhibition 1872
International Exhibition, South Kensington Museum, London, 1872.

6.  Frank Dicey
Frank Dicey (ca 1838 - d.1888), painter [more].

7.  Sullivan and F. Clay
Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900), composer and conductor [more], and Sir Arthur Temple Felix Clay (1842-1928), amateur painter [more].

8.  father
Sir Henry ('King') Cole (1808-1882), civil servant and museum director [more].

9.  Gold Lady
See Harmony in Blue and Gold (YMSM 197).

10.  ? was this a Cremorne Symphony.
''?was ... Symphony' was added, possibly by Cole.

11.  portrait of Leyland
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of F. R. Leyland (YMSM 97).

12.  Prudhomme (Monnier.)
Henri Bonaventure Monnier (1799-1877), designer, actor and writer [more] ; he wrote and illustrated three series of Scènes populaires (1830, 1835, 1862), containing satiric sketches of contemporary people , in which he introduced the imaginary characters Mme Gibou and M. Joseph Prudhomme. Their history was continued in his best-known work, Mémoires de Monsieur Joseph Prudhomme (1857), a collection of cartoons, with some text.

13.  Pall Mall
Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874.

14.  Gee
Horace Jee, musician, JW's occasional secretary [more].

15.  Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

16.  Ruskin, Rossetti
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

17.  Tissot
Jacques ('James') Joseph Tissot (1836-1902), painter and etcher [more].

18.  A Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more].

19.  Cpt Crabb
Captain Crabb, commander of The Brazilian in 1870.

20.  Meche de Silas
JW had a white lock of hair.

21.  Trial by Jury
Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

22.  Cyril Flower
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more].

23.  Storey
George Adolphus Storey (1834-1919), portrait and genre painter [more].

24.  Balzac
Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), author [more].

25.  Mrs Greville
Mrs Greville, a society hostess.

26.  Mrs (Lady) Probyn
Letitia, Lady Dighton Probyn (m. 1872), née Thellusson.

27.  Jefferson's
Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905), actor [more]. He was famous for acting the character of Rip van Winkle, and this was his second British tour.

28.  Shakespears
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), playwright [more].

29.  mother
Marian Fairman Cole (b. ca 1812, m. 1833), née Bond, wife of Henry Cole [more].

30.  Mrs. Montiori, Mrs. Stansfield
Mrs Montiori, a social acquaintance of JW, and Mrs Stansfield, a social acquaintance of JW.

31.  A. Whistler
Not identified.

32.  Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

33.  Charles Lambs
Charles Lamb's most famous work, the Essays of Elia, first appeared in 1823.

34.  Henrietty
The ship carrying munitions to Valparaiso, during JW's abortive arms-selling trip to Chile in 1867.

35.  Morgan
Dr Morgan, JW's doctor about 1876, and Frank Rede Fowke (1847-1927), husband of Isabella [more].

36.  Whistler & Isabella
JW and Isabella Langdale Fowke (1850-1929), née Cole, wife of F. R. Fowke [more], starred in a play called Under an Umbrella.

37.  Canon Harford
Rev. Frederick Kill Harford (b. 1832), Minor Canon of Westminster Abbey, poet and hymn writer [more].

38.  Mr. and Mrs Alfred Wigan
Alfred Sidney Wigan (1814-1878), theatre manager [more], and Admiral Edward Augustus Englefield (b. ca 1820), naval officer (retired 1885) [more].

39.  Gustave Dore
Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (1832-1883), painter, illustrator, designer and sculptor [more].

40.  Miss Franklin
Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more].

41.  Sir Coutts Lindsay
The Grosvenor Gallery established by Sir Coutts Lindsay (1824-1913), Bart., co-founder of the Grosvenor Gallery [more], and Lady Lindsay.

42.  Leylands House
49 Prince's Gate, Kensington; see Panels from the Entrance Hall at 49 Princes Gate (YMSM 175).

43.  Mrs Leyland Mrs Galsworthy
Frances Leyland (1836-1910), née Dawson [more]; and Isabel Marion Galsworthy (1841-1903), née Watson, wife of F. T. Galsworthy [more].

44.  Irving as Philip
Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain (YMSM 187).

45.  portrait of my father
Portrait of Sir Henry Cole (YMSM 180).

46.  Grosvenor
1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877.

47.  F. Miles and R. Gower
George Francis ('Frank') Miles (1852-1894), painter [more], and Lord Ronald Sutherland Leveson Gower (1845-1916), youngest son of the 2nd Duke of Sutherland [more].

48.  voyage dans la Lune
Le voyage dans la lune by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), composer [more]. The opera was inspired by the novel of Jules Verne, and was first produced in Paris in 1875.

49.  W. Eldon
Matthew Robinson Elden (1839-1885), artist [more].

50.  Hugo
Victor Marie Hugo (1802-1885), poet, novelist and dramatist [more].

51.  Peacock Room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

52.  Poynter
Edward John Poynter (1836-1919), history and genre painter [more].

53.  Moody
Moody, friend of A. S. Cole.

54.  Mitford
Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916), Lord Redesdale (1886), diplomat, Secretary of the Office of Works, and collector [more].

55.  Prince Teck
Francis Paul Charles Louis Alexander (1837-1900), later Duke of Teck, husband of Princess Mary Adelaide [more].

56.  Morning Post
Morning Post, 8 December 1876.

57.  Mulready
William Mulready (1786-1863), painter [more].

58.  Doctor
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

59.  Bret Harte
Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902), writer [more].

60.  room for the Museum
This project did not materialise.

61.  portrait of small fair haired boy
Portrait of a Boy (YMSM 177).

62.  original of his White Girl
Joanna Hiffernan (b. ca 1843), JW's model and mistress [more], who posed for Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) etc. She was staying in Thistle Grove, South Kensington.

63.  Lady Airlie
Henrietta Blanche Ogilvy (1830-1881), Countess of Airlie [more].

64.  Mills and Lang
Friends of A. S. Cole.

65.  Joplings
Joseph Middlemore Jopling (1831-1884), painter [more]; Louise Jopling (1843-1933), née Goode, later Mrs Jopling-Rowe, artist [more].

66.  Planche
Not identified.

67.  B. Leighton
Sir Baldwyn Leighton (ca 1836 - d.1897), Bart., MP [more].

68.  Grosvenor
1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877; JW's exhibits were Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 113), Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140), Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145), Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181), Arrangement in Brown (YMSM 182) and Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain (YMSM 187).

69.  Lord Lindsay
Possibly meaning Sir Coutts Lindsay.

70.  Dicey. Potter & Huth
Frank Dicey (ca 1838 - d.1888), painter [more], John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more], and Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more].

71.  Mr & Mrs Leyland
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of F. R. Leyland (YMSM 97) and Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs Frances Leyland (YMSM 106).

72.  Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

73.  Norman Lockyer
Joseph Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), scientist and astronomer [more].

74.  Donnelley
Donnelly, an acquaintance of JW, who attended the 'Ten O'Clock' Lecture.

75.  little Dr Faust
JW frequently went see Nellie Farren and Ellen Terry in John Hollingshead's farce, The Grasshopper and Henry James Byron's burlesque, Little Dr Faust and drew and painted subjects related to these performances, including Souvenir of the Gaiety (Souvenir of the Gaiety (M.664); see also M.665-668, Harmony in Blue: The Duet (YMSM 196)).

76.  Vanity Fair
A portrait of JW entitles 'A Symphony', drawn by Leslie Ward (1851-1922), journalist ('Spy') and portrait painter [more], and published to accompany an article by Jehu Junior, 'Men of the Day', No. CXLXX. Mr James Abbott M'Neill Whistler, Vanity Fair, 12 July 1878.

77.  Marryatt's
Captain Frederick Marryat (1792-1848), sailor and novelist [more].

78.  Lionel Robinson
Hercules Arthur Temple Robinson (1866-1937), army officer [more].

79.  Turner
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), painter [more].

80.  Mark Twains
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), pseudonym 'Mark Twain', writer [more].

81.  W Forbes, Boehm, Milford
William Forbes (1856-1936), railway manager and engineer [more], Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more], and Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916), Lord Redesdale (1886), diplomat, Secretary of the Office of Works, and collector [more].

82.  suppressed Charivari
Prince Alexander Mikhailovich Gortchakoff (1798-1883), diplomat and politician [more] and Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1882), Prime Minister of Great Britain [more], represented their countries at the Congress of Berlin in June 1878.

83.  Ld Beaconsfield
The projected portrait of Disraeli came to nothing.

84.  Ruskin & Whistler
Reviewing 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877, John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], libelled JW's paintings, in particular, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170); see Ruskin, John, 'Letter the Seventy-ninth' Fors Clavigera, 2 July 1877, pp. 181-213. JW sued him for libel and the case of Whistler v. Ruskin was heard at the Queen's Bench of the High Court on 25-26 November 1878; see Merrill, Linda, A Pot of Paint: Aesthetics on Trial in 'Whistler v. Ruskin', Washington and London, 1992, pp. 141-45 for JW's testimony.

85.  version
Whistler, James McNeill, Whistler v. Ruskin: Art and Art Critics, London, 1878.

86.  Mr Lewis
Sir George Henry Lewis (1833-1911), society lawyer [more].

87.  Ye loves of ye lobsters
The Loves of the Lobsters (YMSM 209).

88.  An Arrangement in Rats
Mount Ararat (YMSM 210).

89.  Sara Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), née Henrietta Rosine Bernard, actress [more].

90.  Ye gold Scab with erruption of Filthy lucre
The Gold Scab (YMSM 208).

91.  Flowers
Probably Wickham Flower (b. ca 1836), solicitor and collector [more].

92.  Tintorets
Tintoretto (Jacopo Robusti) (1519-1594), Venetian painter [more], was much admired by JW throughout his life.

93.  Whistler's sale
JW's bankruptcy sale on 11 February 1880.

94.  Connie
Harmony in Yellow and Gold: The Gold Girl - Connie Gilchrist (YMSM 190).

95.  Private view of Js Pastels
Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881.

96.  Haden and Legros
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], and Alphonse Legros (1837-1911), painter, etcher and art teacher [more]; Haden had mistaken etchings by Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), painter, etcher and art teacher [more], exhibited at the Society of Painter Etchers, as being by JW, who was committed to sell Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5), only through the Fine Art Society.

97.  Duvenecks
Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), painter, etcher and art teacher [more].

98.  letter
JW's letter to F. S. Haden, 29 March [1881], #13147.

99.  Frank Miles
George Francis ('Frank') Miles (1852-1894), painter [more].

100.  Prince of Wales
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more].

101.  Velasquez and Rubens
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660), painter [more], and Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), painter [more].

102.  3 portraits of Mrs Meux
Arrangement in Black: Lady Meux (YMSM 228), Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229), and Portrait of Lady Meux in Furs (YMSM 230).

103.  Oscar Wilde
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

104.  Mrs Poynter's
Agnes Poynter (ca 1846 - d.1906), née Macdonald, wife of E. J. Poynter [more].

105.  Heseltines
John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), accountant, amateur etcher, collector of prints and drawings [more].

106.  Poynter
Edward John Poynter (1836-1919), history and genre painter [more].

107.  commencement of my father
Portrait of Sir Henry Cole (YMSM 180).

108.  Blue Girl
Possibly Arrangement in Blue and Green (YMSM 193) or The Blue Girl: Portrait of Connie Gilchrist (YMSM 207).

109.  Eldon
Matthew Robinson Elden (1839-1885), artist [more].

110.  Cremorne Symphonies
A series of Nocturnes, including Cremorne, No. 1 (YMSM 163) and Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169).

111.  Portrait of Eldon
Portrait of H. R. Eldon (1) (YMSM 243).

112.  Paddon & Howell Correspondence
Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, [1882].

113.  second series of Venice Etchings
A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6), on view at Mr Whistler's Etchings, The Fine Art Society, London, 1883.

114.  Bishop of Sodor and Man
Right Rev. Rowley Hill (1836-1887), DD, Lord Bishop of Sodor and Man [more].

115.  Ld Houghton
The guests probably included Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885), Baron Houghton of Great Houghton, biographer of John Keats [more], Mrs Singleton, unidentified, 'Antoinette ('Nita') Gaëtano Moncrieff (b. ca 1849), née Mackie, poetess and singer [more], Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more], Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more], Thomas Waldo Story (1854-1915), sculptor [more] and Ada Maud Story (1856-1932), née Broadwood [more].

116.  Margie
Margaret ('Margie') Elizabeth Cole (b. ca 1860, m. 1879), née Clark, wife of Alan S. Cole [more].

117.  portrait of girl
Possibly Harmony in Black and Red (YMSM 236), although the model is not a 'girl'.

118.  Cornish sketches
JW spent January 1884 at St Ives in Cornwall working with M. L. Menpes and W. R. Sickert. Numerous small scale works in oil, such as The Angry Sea (YMSM 282), and watercolour, such as Sunrise; gold and grey (M.917), reveal this as an important period in his artistic development (see YMSM 263-265, 267-288; M.915-921). Many of them were exhibited in 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.

119.  Dowdeswells
The agreement with Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell for the forthcoming exhibition.

120.  Portrait of Lady Archie's
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

121.  Dowdeswells Grey & Flesh colour
'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884.

122.  Sarasate
Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908), violinist [more].

123.  Mrs Flower
Mrs E. L. Flower, possibly wife of Ernest Flower, MP.

124.  Water colours of Holland
For example, r.: Gold and Brown: Dordrecht; v.: Dordrecht (M.968).

125.  Comyns Carr
Joseph Williams Comyns Carr (1849-1916), art critic and theatre manager [more].

126.  Dublin
Annual Exhibition of Sketches, Pictures, and Photography, Dublin Sketching Club, Leinster Hall, Dublin, 1884. JW did not go over or lecture there.

127.  A Forbes
Archibald Forbes (1838-1900), journalist and war correspondent [more].

128.  D'Oyly Carte
Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901), impresario and property developer [more].

129.  Miss Lenoir
Helen Lenoir (1852-1913), née Coupar Black, actress and stage manager [more].

130.  Ten o'clock
JW's 'Ten O'Clock' Lecture was delivered in Princes Hall, London, on 20 February 1885.

131.  lectures at British Artists
JW's 'Ten O'Clock' Lecture was delivered on several occasions later in the year.

132.  Sydney Colvin
Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum [more].

133.  Private View
62nd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1885.

134.  flower paintings
Maud Franklin exhibited under the name 'Clifton Lin' during JW's presidency of the SBA.