System Number: 00520
Date: [19 September 1895]
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Recipient: Janey Sevilla Campbell
Place: [Kingston on Thames]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C21
Document Type: ALd
110. Rue du Bac - Paris -
My dear Lady Archie -
"Tout arrive à point à qui sait attendre"! - which does not at all improperly hint at your having waited for this little note - but rather that I, after these years, have not waited in vain for the moment when my picture should be claimed as the portrait of the grande dame de par le monde, who takes her place in the nations book of Beauty!
For at first you would none of it! - The Duke's opinion was quoted as beyond all question! - [p. 2] and it went forth irrevocably that the Clan
disclaimed repudiated the painting - That the family pride had been pained in the painting, wherin in that the lady Archibald had been invested by the vulgarity of the painter with a jaunty sauciness to be found only in the pertness of a petite Bourgeoise unknown to a daughter of their House - and intolerable to the Argyles -
severing all link ....
Whereupon if you remember, with delicacy characteristic of the gentle Artist, I at once withdrew the name from the work, and
effaced the picture ceasing to be a portrait went forth as the "Brodequin Jaune" - under which title only was it known at Exposition Universelle, where, incognito, the lady received the first Gold Medal in Paris -
In Münich she brought back the ribbon of St Michael and now known as the Yellow Buskin she hangs on the walls of the
Nation Philadelphia Art Academy whose directors being bought the unknown payed 1200 or 1500 gs for the outcast and highly disapproved person!
3. Tout arrive à point à qui sait attendre
Fr., everything comes to one who waits.
5. grande dame de par le monde
Fr., the great lady of the world.
Lord George Douglas Campbell (1823-1900), 8th Duke of Argyll [more]; it is said that the Argylls rejected the painting, saying that the woman looked like a prostitute encouraging a hesitant client.
7. severing all link ....
Added in the left margin.
8. Exposition Universelle
Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889.
3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888.
Exhibited at the 63rd Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1893-1894, where it was awarded the Temple Gold Medal, it was eventually bought for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in November 1895.