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System Number: 09424
Date: [July?] 1895[1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Charles Hazlewood Shannon[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]


110, RUE DU BAC,
PARIS

1895

My dear Mr Shannon,

Many thanks for your very pleasant and courteous letter[4].

You have my fullest consent to reproduce from the photograph, that Mr Thomson[5] will give you, "The Symphony in White, No. III[6]."

In its values it is affected by the colour in the picture - notably, for instance, the hair of the girl on the sofa[7] is red - or copper coloured - and full of light - and the face is very fair - though golden. In the photograph all this is dark - if not black.

However, I doubt if it be wise to tinker at the reproduction - unless you could do so yourself. - What am I saying! - I mean of course unless you were good enough yourself to retouch the proof from the picture.

Always sincerely yours,

J. McN. Whistler


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Notes:

1.  Charles Hazlewood Shannon
Charles Hazlewood Shannon (1863-1937), painter and lithographer [more].

2.  [July?] 1895
Dated by the address (JW left the rue du Bac in August 1895) and the reference to a reproduction. On 15 July 1895, JW wrote to T. R. Way regarding the possible publication of a lithograph in The Pageant (1896-97), which was jointly edited by Shannon and Joseph William Gleeson White (1851-1898), writer on art, first editor of the Studio [more]. This letter may relate to another possible reproduction.

3.  PLc
Published in Self-Portrait Taken from the Letters & Journals of Charles Ricketts, R. A., compiled by T. Sturge Moore, edited by Cecil Lewis, London, 1939, p. 21.

4.  letter
Not located.

5.  Mr Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

6.  The Symphony in White, No. III
Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61).

7.  girl on the sofa
Joanna Hiffernan (b. ca 1843), JW's model and mistress [more].