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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13566
Date: 27 July [1891][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edward Tyas Cook[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Call Number: Walter Brewster Collection
Document Type: PLc[3]


SELF-CRITICISM.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE PALL MALL GAZETTE.

SIR, -

May I request that you allow me to make known, through your influential paper, the fact that the canvas[4], now shown as a completed work of mine, at Messrs. Dowdeswell's,[5] representing three draped figures in a conservatory, is a painting long ago barely begun, and thrown aside for destruction? Also I am in no way responsible for the taste of the frame with its astonishments of plush and varied gildings. 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 condition absolutely worthless. -

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

J. McNEILL WHISTLER.

CHELSEA, JULY 27.


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Notes:

1.  27 July [1891]
Dated by publication (see below). This press-cutting was sent by JW with a letter to A. Chapman dated 28 July 1891, #13281.

2.  Edward Tyas Cook
Sir Edward Tyas Cook (1857-1919), journalist, editor of the Pall Mall Gazette from 1890-1892 [more].

3.  PLc
Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to the Editor], The Morning Post, 27 July 1891. Reprinted in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, p. 288. See also #07892 and #05842.

4.  canvas
Pink and Grey: Three Figures (YMSM 89), which was owned by Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

5.  Dowdeswell's
Art dealers and publishers.