The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02832
Date: [30 March 1878][1]
Author: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 12/0-1
Document Type: MsD

[cartoon of soirée][3]

[p. 2] Portrait of Whistler - standing second to the right of child leaning against the piano, marked with a red tie. The one with the eye glass - over the signature in the cut is an admirable portrait of George Du Maurier[4] himself talking to Mrs Jopling[5] - Sir Frederick Leighton[6] P. R. A. also a most characteristic and faithful portrait - lounges back holding his hat in the first easy chair on the right.

C. A. H.

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1.  [30 March 1878]
Dated from press-cutting (see below).

2.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more]. The press-cutting was stuck in the first of two albums of documents, and labelled by Howell (see #02788).

3.  [cartoon of soirée]
A cartoon by George Du Maurier (GUL Whistler LB 12/1), 'Music at Home', Punch, 30 March 1878, bearing the following printed text below: '"To such base uses do we come at last." Hostess (whispering, to Distinguished Amateur). "I want you to sing next!" Distinguished Amateur (whose Voice is not quite what it used to be). "I thought I wasn't to sing until quite at the end!" Hostess. "Yes - but there are not Ices enough - and I want some of the people to go!"' JW is pictured third from right in the top row of onlookers. Howell's text describes this scene.

4.  George Du Maurier
George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more].

5.  Mrs Jopling
Louise Jopling (1843-1933), née Goode, later Mrs Jopling-Rowe, artist [more]. She described the soirée in her studio, when she had asked Du Maurier to sing, which inspired his delightful cartoon. She thought this occurred in 1875. The cartoon included the singer, Miss Gaetano (later Mrs Lynedoch Moncrieff) as well as the people mentioned by Howell (Jopling, Louise, Twenty Years of My Life, 1867 to 1887, London, 1925, p. 90).

6.  Frederick Leighton
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more].