System Number: 13566
Date: 27 July 
Recipient: Edward Tyas Cook
Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Call Number: Walter Brewster Collection
Document Type: PLc
TO THE EDITOR OF THE PALL MALL GAZETTE.
May I request that you allow me to make known, through your influential paper, the fact that the canvas, now shown as a completed work of mine, at Messrs. Dowdeswell's, 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.
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.
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