The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04263
Date: 19 September 1870
Author: William Eden Nesfield[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler N20
Document Type: ALf[2]

Septr 19th 1870

30 Argyll St
Regent St W

My dear Whistler,

Albert Moore[3] called here to day & we went to Chelsea to examine conscientiously the causes which led to your note[4] to him, which I have read - I must must [sic] preamble my opinion by stating that as you & Albert have asked me to be arbitrator in this matter I of course take it for granted that my decision is valuable & [p. 2] to be accepted, also that we are all "in the family" - Thus I strongly feel that you have seen & felt Moores specialitè in his female figures, method of clothing them & use of colored muslin also his hard study of Greek work - Then Moore has thoroughly appreciated & felt your mastery of painting in a light key - I have such a sincere admiration [p. 3] for you both that this slight awkwardness has considerably worried me - so much so that I have not done a stroke of work to day, having considered the matter chez vous, with Moores figure with me - & I conscientiously think thus - In answer to your question "could each paint the two pictures[5] without harming each in the opinion of those who do not understand you both" [p. 4] I am quite certain you both may - The effect & treatment are so very wide apart, that there can be no danger from the vulgar fact of there being, shore, sea, & sky, & a young woman walking on the foreground - The bare facts that there are in both pictures sea shore & sky might certainly suggest that there was a similarity in the circumstances & sentiment of the two designs [...]

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1.  William Eden Nesfield
William Eden Nesfield (1835-1888), architect and designer [more].

2.  ALf
The final sheet or sheets of paper are missing from this letter; p. 1 has a black mourning border.

3.  Albert Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more].

4.  note
JW feared that he and Moore were working in too similar a manner in terms of style and subject matter (see his letter to Moore, #04166).

5.  two pictures
A. Moore, Shells (z177), c. 1870, and JW's Symphony in Blue and Pink (YMSM 86).