The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, gravure, lithographie et architecture, refusés par le Jury de 1863, et exposés, par décision de S. M. l'Empereur, au salon annexe, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 1863
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System Number: 08985
Date: [20 March 1863][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/6
Document Type: ALS[3]

7A Queens Road West -
Chelsea -


Dear Rose -

Many thanks for all that [you] have done and are so kindly doing[4] for me - I shall only be too glad to see about what etchings[5] I may have for exhibition by Thursday next - Tomorrow though I can't have the pleasure of dining with you, as I am finishing The White Girl[6] for the Salon in Paris and it ought to go off on [p. 2] Monday - so that I should be painting at it until late in the evening - I would very much like you to see it before I send it - If you were by any chance in Rosetti's[7] neighborhood tomorrow morning and could drop in and have a peep -

Shall I send the Brittany Sea piece to the 'Artists & Amateurs'[8] or would it be too large?

Ever Yours

J Whistler

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1.  [20 March 1863]
20 March 1863 was a Friday, and on the following Monday, 23 March, JW wrote to Fantin-Latour that he was about to bring Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) to Paris for the Salon (#11456).

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  ALS
'5' is written in another hand in the top right corner.

4.  doing
i.e. the lease for 7 Lindsey Row.

5.  etchings
Almost certainly etchings of the Thames, such as those published as A Series of Sixteen Etchings of Scenes on the Thames, 1871 (the 'Thames Set') (K.38-44, 46, 52, 66, 68, 71, 74-76, 95) (excat 4).

6.  The White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) was rejected at the Salon and exhibited at the Salon des Refusés in May.

7.  Rosetti's
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

8.  Brittany Sea piece to the 'Artists & Amateurs'
Probably The Coast of Brittany (YMSM 37), which had been exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1862. In the end JW sent the even larger painting, Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38), to the Artists' and Amateurs' Conversazione, Willis's Rooms, London, 26 March 1863.