System Number: 05842
Date: [27 July 1891]
Recipient: James Nicol Dunn
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T187
Document Type: MsLc
To./ The Editor
May I request that you allow me to make known, through your influencial [sic] paper, the fact that the canvas, shown at Messrs Dowdeswell's, as a completed work by me representing three draped figures in a conservatory, is a painting long ago barely begun, and thrown aside for destruction.
Also I am in no way responsible for the taste of the frame with its astonishments of plush! and varied gildings.
I think it not only just to myself to make this statement, but right that the public should be warned against the possible purchase of a picture, in no way representitive [sic], and, in its actual condition, absolutely worthless.
I am, Sir
Your Obt Srvt
This is a copy of a letter (possibly in the hand of William Bell, JW's secretary [more]) which appeared in the Morning Post of 27 July 1891 (see #13566), and is published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 288.
C. W. or one of his sons, Charles and Walter Dowdeswell, of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers.