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
Record 17 of 31

System Number: 11113
Date: [June/September 1863?][1]
Author: John O'Leary[2]
Place: [Dublin?]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[3]

[...] I need scarcely tell you how glad I was to hear all the newspapers and other papers singing your praise this year. To be sure they seem to consider you rather a perverse character but they all allow you can paint which is certainly the main matter [...]

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1.  [June/September 1863?]
This may date from after May 1863 when Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38), was a succés de scandale at the Salon des Refusés in Paris and was praised by Paul Mantz (1821-1895), art critic [more], and others, but before August or September 1863 when JW wrote again to O'Leary (see #09333). However, it could date from after May 1860, when At the Piano (YMSM 24) was a success, or after May 1865, when Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34) were well reviewed at the Royal Academy.

2.  John O'Leary
John O'Leary (1830-1907), Irish nationalist and journalist [more].

3.  PLfc
Extract from Maggs, Sale Catalogue 449, London, 1924 (cat. no. 457).