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

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Violet Girl

Violet Girl probably dated from between 1869 and 1870. 1

It was mentioned by Whistler in connection with a 'Blue Girl', now known as Annabel Lee [YMSM 079], in a letter to William Grapel (1822-1887), as follows:

'I wish indeed that the little Blue Girl were yours ... This blue picture is a comission [sic] ... I should have liked to please you and care but little about the other who is comparatively a stranger - The violet Girl though as yet is promised to no one - and when I show her at all! I shall send for you - It would I think please you.' 2

The picture has not been identified, and there is no further reference to it.


1: Dated 'About 1871' in YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 102).

2: [1869/1870], , formerly dated [1869/1873], #01792.

Last updated: 16th March 2019 by Margaret