It was listed by Whistler as 'Lyme. The little yellow girl' among pictures sold to 'Hessel', who was probably the art dealer Charles Hessele. 1
On 8 July 1899 Whistler wrote to another art dealer, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)
'a man here ... has just now carried off seven paintings that you, for the last two years, had not perceived as sufficiently "grown" to be of service - but which properly framed and signed - as they now all are - go to make a mighty pretty little collection.' 2
The works recorded as sold to 'Hessel' or Hessele included Violet and Blue: The Red Feather [YMSM 503], St Ives, The Nets on the Hill [YMSM 270], Chelsea, Little Furniture Shop [YMSM 373], Green and Gold: A Shop in Calais [YMSM 474] and Blue Sea Piece, Dieppe [YMSM 525]. However, it is not absolutely certain that this sale went through, because several of these works have not been located.
As far as is known, it was not exhibited in Whistler's lifetime.
Last updated: 28th October 2019 by Margaret