7A Queens Road west
Dear Charles Price -
I promised Morgan, who has the Gallery where is "Ye Whyte Ladye", that you would lend him some nature mortes of Fantin's, or perhaps his portrait of Mrs Edwards to exhibit in this same Gallery - Wont you do this, and send your own sea side picture - at once, or as soon as possible - It is a stunning place and I'll have you well hung - I've got the White Girl as I told [p. 2] you there and I believe also the Piano. - If you are out of the World altogether as I think I heard, can't you get Bishop to see about it without delay.
The address of the Gallery is
14, Berners Street
Mr. Morgan -
My compliments to Mrs Edwards
4. Ye Whyte Ladye
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) was shown at the Berner's St Gallery in June 1862 having been rejected by the Royal Academy Hanging Commitee. The picture was reviewed in the Athenaeum on 28 June 1862.
5. nature mortes
Fr., still lifes. In 1859 JW had introduced Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), artist [more], to Matthew White Ridley (1837-1888), painter and etcher [more]. Ridley in turn introduced him to the Edwards in 1861. They supported his work for a number of years, purchasing his flower studies and finding purchasers for his other works. Works owned by Edwards included Fleurs, 1864, F.239.
6. portrait of Mrs Edwards
H. Fantin-Latour, Portrait de Madame Edwin Edwards (FL.236)(z307). Fantin-Latour worked on this portrait of Elizabeth Ruth Edwards (ca 1833 - d.1907), née Enscombe, wife of Edwin Edwards [more], during a visit to the Edwards' home at Sunbury-on-Thames in 1861. See Druick, Douglas and Michel Hoog, Fantin-Latour, Paris, 1982, (cat. no. 22).
7. sea side picture
Unidentified. The subject may be of Cornwall as Edwards was fond of painting there. Edwards gave up a successful career as a lawyer to become a landscape painter and etcher. Sea-coast etchings include Edwin Edwards, Lynmouth Harbour (z23) and Edwin Edwards, Plymouth from Mount Edgcumbe (z26). He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1861.
Possibly Bethell Bishop, a mutual acquaintance of JW, C. Keene and E. Edwards.
10. I've been guilty ... but you
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