System Number: 07892
Date: 27 July 1891
Recipient: James Nicol Dunn
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 1/29/1
Document Type: ALdS
The Editor "Morning Post"
May I request that you allow me to make known through your influential paper, the fact that the
large canvas, now shown as a completed work painting of mine, at Messrs Dowdeswells 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.
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.
4. Messrs Dowdeswells
C. W. or one of his sons, Charles and Walter Dowdeswell, of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers.