Brown and Gold: The Curé's Little Class dates from July 1896. 1
On 14 July 1896 Whistler wrote that he had begun a picture in the church: 'Went into the church - which is excellent - and began a little picture - If I could have found the old woman or a verger I should have put up a candle for Trixie - Indeed I wish I were a Catholic.' 3 On 18 July he complained, 'I have not been able to manage anything in the way of painting - with the exception of a little bit in the church which is not particularly satisfactory.' 4 However, as soon as Whistler was back in London, he sold 'The little St Catherine' on 23 July 1896. 5
6: The Academy and Literature, 26 December 1896, vol. 50, no. 1256, p. 600.
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