The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 7th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1883
Record 2 of 7

System Number: 00509
Date: 2 May 1883
Author: Janey Sevilla Campbell[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C10
Document Type: ALS

2 May 1883

My dear Mr Whistler

Oh dear! I thought you had summoned us to see Lady A's picture[2] but I see you are showing - firing off fireworks[3] & you are harking back to wicked Cremorne[4].

I am really very sorry to hear that you have but these two

Yours truly

J Campbell

When [p. 2] the amateur exhibit open[s] hide your head and even now prepare for what is to follow -

I see "Arry "[5] is not dead! your duty is clear! it is to join the Dynamite lot & fondly press a parcel against his [p. 3] door even if in so doing the white house come down -


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1.  Janey Sevilla Campbell
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

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

3.  firing off fireworks
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170) was shown at Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887.

4.  Cremorne
Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169). JW exhibited this at the 7th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1883. The portrait of Lady Archibald was not exhibited until the following year (cat. no. 192).

5.  Arry
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more]. Quilter purchased JW's studio house, the 'White House', after his bankruptcy in 1879.