The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07892
Date: 27 July 1891
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Nicol Dunn[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/29/1
Document Type: ALdS[2]

The Editor "Morning Post"


May I request that you allow me to make known through your influential paper, the fact that the large canvas[3], now shown as a completed work painting of mine, at Messrs Dowdeswells[4] in Bond Street, representing three draped figures in a conservatory, is a work, barely begun long ago barely begun, and thrown aside for destruction.

I think it not only just to myself to make this statement, but right that the public should be warned against the possible purchase of a picture, in no way representative, and, in its actual state, absolutely worthless.

I am, Sir
Your obt. servt

J. McNeill Whistler


July 27. 1891.

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1.  James Nicol Dunn
James Nicol Dunn (1856-1919), editor of the Morning Post from 1897-1905 [more].

2.  ALdS
When published, a line was added from the second paragraph of #05842: 'Also I am in no way responsible for the taste of the frame with its astonishments of plush! and varied gildings.' See also the press-cutting version of this letter at #13566. A visiting card, #13576, was attached to this letter.

3.  canvas
Pink and Grey: Three Figures (YMSM 89).

4.  Messrs Dowdeswells
C. W. or one of his sons, Charles and Walter Dowdeswell, of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers.