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

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Copy after Girodet's 'The Entombment of Atala'

Whistler may have been commissioned to paint a Copy after Girodet's 'The Entombment of Atala' in 1857.

On 16 September 1857 his mother, Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), wrote to Whistler:

'Mr King desires to be remembered to you & says when he is able to send you an order it will be to copy "The burial of Atala" in the Louvre gallery. he once owned a copy of it a large fine picture three feet square, from association with his dear Isabella as her selection when they were in Paris, he very naturally wishes to have it to contemplate again.' 1

However, there are no further records of this.


1: 17 August and 16 September 1857, GUW #06487.

Last updated: 21st November 2019 by Margaret