Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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Whistler planned to have the painting framed and exhibited, as he told G. A. Lucas, adding, 'If we go to Madrid ... I'll send the paintings on to Hardy's the colour shop in Paris, Rue Childebert, No. 1 out of the Place St. Germain de Pres - where you can see them framed and he will send them to the Boulevards Exposition.' 1

He also mentioned his intentions to Ignace-Henri-Jean-Théodore Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), in this case suggesting that Fantin could unpack the paintings to send to Louis Martinet (1814-1895) for exhibition: 'En partant pour l'Espagne j'enverrai mes toiles par la petite vitesse à Hardy, et tu iras les recevoir chez lui, pour ouvrir la caisse et les faire entrer au "Boulevard''.' 2 These letters imply he had intended to show it at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Martinet's Gallery, Paris, 1862 but if so, he was cutting it a bit fine. In fact there is no record of it being exhibited, as far as is known.


1: Whistler to G. A. Lucas, [27 October 1862], GUW #09188.

2: [14/21 October 1862], GUW #08028.

Last updated: 26th November 2019 by Margaret