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

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Symphony in White, No. 3
Symphony in White, No. 3, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Symphony in White, No. 3, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Symphony in White, No. 3, photograph by Henry Dixon & Son, 1915, GUL WPP
Symphony in White, No. 3, photograph by Henry Dixon & Son, 1915, GUL WPP
Symphony in White, No. 3, verso
Symphony in White, No. 3, verso
Symphony in White, No. 3, photograph, Goupil Album, 1892; GUL Whistler PH5/2
Symphony in White, No. 3, photograph, Goupil Album, 1892; GUL Whistler PH5/2
Symphony in White, No. 3, frame
Symphony in White, No. 3, frame
Study for 'Symphony in White No. 3', Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
Study for 'Symphony in White No. 3', Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
Sketch of 'Symphony in White, No. 3', Library of Congress
Sketch of 'Symphony in White, No. 3', Library of Congress
Study of a draped reclining woman, The Hunterian
Study of a draped reclining woman, The Hunterian
Draped figure seated, holding a fan, The Hunterian
Draped figure seated, holding a fan, The Hunterian
H. E. Degas, Sketch after Symphony in White, No. 3, Notebook 20, Musée du Louvre RF5634, p. 17
H. E. Degas, Sketch after Symphony in White, No. 3, Notebook 20, Musée du Louvre RF5634, p. 17
Albert Moore, sketch after Portrait of a girl, probably Milly Jones, Sotheby's 2016
Albert Moore, sketch after Portrait of a girl, probably Milly Jones, Sotheby's 2016
Frederick Sandys,  Gentle Spring, 1865, Ashmolean Museum
Frederick Sandys, Gentle Spring, 1865, Ashmolean Museum

In 1889, Whistler attempted to obtain suitable reproductions of his work for an article by Theodore Child (1846-1892). He suggested that Adolphe Braun (1812-1877) 'ought to do the photograph almost the size of the picture original - as the picture is not too large. Perhaps Huth may even lend the picture ... which would be important, as the hair and gold flesh color photographs too darkly, unless Braun can manage.' 1

In 1895 Whistler gave James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923) permission to reproduce a photograph of Symphony in White, No. 3 [YMSM 061] taken at the time of the 1892 Goupil exhibition, but complained that 'the hair of the girl on the sofa is red - or copper coloured ... and the face is very fair - though golden. In the photograph all this is dark - if not black.' 2

Notes:

1: Whistler to Child, [October/November 1889], GUW #09264: the picture was not reproduced in the article, Child 1889 [more].

2: [July] 1895, GUW #09424; Lewis, Cecil (ed.), Self Portrait taken from the Letters and Journals of Charles Ricketts, R.A., London, 1939.

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