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

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Crimson note: Carmen

Crimson note: Carmen may date from 1895. 1

                Crimson note: Carmen, Hill-Stead Museum
Crimson note: Carmen, Hill-Stead Museum

On 20 September 1895 the architect Stanford White (1853-1906) wrote to Whistler regretting that he had not seen the painting of Carmen Rossi (fl. 1880/1901) admired by the sculptor Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937):

'I am more and more regretting that I went away from Paris without again seeing the lovely thing that you are doing from Carmen for Freer, and also that I did not see the little head you did of Carmen, which you spoke of, and which MacMonnies says is a diamond of the purest water.' 2

It was first exhibited in 5th exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895 (cat. no. 16) as 'Crimson Note, Carmen'.


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 441).

2: GUW #03724.

Last updated: 21st November 2020 by Margaret