Christmas   in the Works of
Stanley Weintraub

Whistler:  A Biography
New York: Weybright and Talley, 1988

p. 42

One of the great culinary events of 1857 for Whistler [was]...gala Christmas dinner conceived by Tom Armstrong and composed of all the foods they had dreamed of in bad times....With the aid of his friends, ingredients unobtainable in Paris were ordered from London--a plum pudding, whisky, English beer and a Stilton cheese....

By Christmas Eve the hamper from London had not yet arrived....the group, not ready to give way to panic, walked through a cold and moonlit Paris to midnight Mass at the Madeleine. The next morning there was still no hamper, and by Christmas afternoon the friends...called at the depot to find that the hamper had been held up by customs...they set about cooking their dinner....By ten o’clock they were able to sit down to eat, drink, and sing. Armstrong...held out until six in the morning...his companions....kept going themselves until eight..

p. 67

Working on The Music Room returned him [Whistler] regularly to the Hadens, where he and Du Maurier spend Christmas Day, 1860

The Thames in Ice was a discovery of the atmospheric qualities of a setting....Pleased with the canvas, he brought it to Knightsbridge, where Seymour Haden saw it and offered to buy it....Whistler accepted...He titled it The Twenty-Fifth of December, 1860, on the Thames, [the] day he and Du Maurier had spent by the fireside and the dining table with the Hadens in Sloane Street.

Index of Weintraub Christmas Exhibit Pages

  1. Dear Young Friend: The Letters of American Presidents to Children
  2. Albert: Uncrowned King
  3. Victoria: An Intimate Biography
  4. Shaw's People: Victoria to Churchill
  5. Disraeli: A Biography
  6. Bernard Shaw: The Diaries  1885-1897, Volume I
  7. Bernard Shaw: The Diaries  1885-1897, Volume II
  8. Shaw: An Autobiography  1856-1898
  9. The Playwright and the Pirate: Bernard Shaw and Frank Harris: A Correspondence
  10. Bernard Shaw  1914-1918: Journey to Heartbreak
  11. Private Shaw and Public Shaw: a dual portrait of Lawrence of Arabia and G.B.S.
  12. Lawrence of Arabia: the literary impulse
  13. Silent Night: The Christmas Truce of 1914
  14. The Last Great Cause: The Intellectuals and the Spanish Civil War
  15. Reggie: A Portrait of Reginald Turner
  16. Whistler: A Biography
  17. Beardsley: A Biography
  18. Aubrey Beardsley: Imp of the Perverse
  19. Four Rossettis: A Victorian Biography
  20. Exhibit: Story of Stanley Tree
  21. Exhibit: Stanley Tree Photograph 1
  22. Exhibit: Stanley Tree Photograph 2

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