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"Note in Green and Brown: Orlando at Coombe" c.1884
CRE WHISTLER, James McNeill; (American; 1834-1903)
Oil on wood
14.8 x 9.0
Gilded reeded, 42.2 x 36.4 x 6.0
s. with butterfly; c.r.
(317) Plate 218 YOUNG, Andrew McLaren, MACDONALD, Margaret F., SPENCER, Robin and MILES, Hamish 1980 The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven and London
This portrait shows Whistler's friend, Lady Archibald Campbell, as Orlando from Shakespeare's 'As You Like It'. The portrait was inspired by the first of a series of open-air plays which she and her husband organised at Coombe Woods, near their Surrey home, and which Whistler attended. The costumes were designed by E. W. Godwin. Lady Archibald later recalled, 'It was the love of the Beautiful which led to the inception of playing pastorals under realistic conditions, no discordant note of colour was struck out of tune with Nature's key.' A preparatory drawing for this work can be found on the back of Whistler's panel "Violet and Rose: La Belle Jour" (YMSM 319) in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. The drawings for the costumes also survive, dated July 27, 1884 (Coll. Victoria and Albert Museum Sketchbook E264-1963 f.16). There is another drawing in the Hunterian collection related to Coombe Hill Farm. (See GLAHA 46085).
Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958.
POTRAIT : LADY ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL : AS YOU LIKE IT : EDWARD WILLIAM GODWIN : THEATRICAL : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE : LANDSCAPE : WHISTLER CENTENARY : IAA : ON DISPLAY :