System Number: 12486
Date: 6 May 1877
Author: Anna Benson Procter
Recipient: George Forrest
Repository: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
Credit Line: © The Huntington Library
Document Type: ALS
Queen Anne's Mansion - S W
May 6th. 1877.
My dear George.
I had the enclosed last night - and altho. I know the Indian Mail does not go out until Saturday, it seems to me as if you could have her letter sooner -
Mrs Fanny Kemble is now in England - you must see her, she is so amusing - so clever, and has such a voice - like Music - The London World [h]as [p. 2] been torn to pieces between the Grosvenor Gallery - and the Royal Academy - The pictures seem equally bad - Every one is at his worst - so be thankful for being away - we dined with the Probyns one day & [Edith?] was handed down by
She considered herself very fortunate - I had a stupid Old Admiral - I had some talk with him after dinner. He has a high opinion of himself - He has sent some pictures to the Gros.r Gallery - a Nocturne in black & gold[,] a nocturne in blue & gold - Harmony in Amber & black - Arrangement in brown-! I see nothing that I like, nearly so well as the black & white you took me to see.
Whenever I find a man so self satisfied as Whistler I begin to doubt.
My book is a great success. You will be surprised to see how well I write.
Yr affect old friend
Anna B Procter
Only sections of this letter relating to JW have been transcribed.
5. Grosvenor Gallery
JW exhibited seven oils at the 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877 (cat. nos. 5, 6A, 6, 4, 8, 9 and one ex. cat) (YMSM 113, 140, 145, 170, 181, 182, 187 and 137 respectively). The ones referred to in this letter were probably Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 140) exhibited as 'Nocturne in Blue and Silver', Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) exhibited as 'Harmony in Amber and Black', and Arrangement in Brown (YMSM 182).