I'm enjoying your
to Whistler and JSS. In a book about Isabella Stewart Gardner that I'm
reading numerous concurrent references to both are made. It's amusing
when Gardner first met JSS in England
in 1886 - with the intent I believe of getting a portrait done - he was
unable to comply immediately and she ended up in Paris getting a lovely
pastel done by Whistler instead. I've seen it in the Veronese Room in
third floor of the Gardner Museum aligned on the same wall with three
small Whistlers. It's name is "The Little Note in Yellow and Gold".
small drawing conveys little more then the vivacity and alertness of
subject, but it is a finely graduated study of yellows, golds, and
Again, you can see that to Whistler, colour and form were far more
then the subject.