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System Number: 05842
Date: [27 July 1891][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Nicol Dunn[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T187
Document Type: MsLc[3]

To./ The Editor


May I request that you allow me to make known, through your influencial [sic] paper, the fact that the canvas[4], shown at Messrs Dowdeswell's[5], as a completed work by me 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 representitive [sic], and, in its actual condition, absolutely worthless.

I am, Sir
Your Obt Srvt



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1.  [27 July 1891]
Dated from the version of this letter at #07892.

2.  James Nicol Dunn
James Nicol Dunn (1856-1919), editor of the Morning Post from 1897-1905 [more].

3.  MsLc
This is a copy of a letter (possibly in the hand of William Bell, JW's secretary [more]) which appeared in the Morning Post of 27 July 1891 (see #13566), and is published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890, p. 288.

4.  canvas
Pink and Grey: Three Figures (YMSM 89).

5.  Dowdeswell's
C. W. or one of his sons, Charles and Walter Dowdeswell, of Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers.