Rose and Red: The Barber's Shop, Lyme Regis dates from Whistler's stay in Lyme Regis between September and November 1895. 1
On 17 September 1895 Whistler wrote from Lyme Regis to the London art dealer David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), 'I shall have some lovely little pictures of the nature of "The little Sweet shop" - you remember - only if any thing finer in quality'. 2 On 2 November 1895 Thomson mentioned visiting Whistler in Lyme Regis and seeing several shop fronts: '[T]he Shops of Lyme Regis the Barbers, the Sweet Shop the Drapers & the other delicacies. The delightfully quaint composition, the splendid drawing & the subtle colour & tone.' 3
It was exhibited in A Collection of Selected Works by Painters of the English, French & Dutch Schools, Goupil Gallery, London, 1898 (cat. no. 24) as 'The Barber's Shop'.
Last updated: 17th October 2020 by Margaret