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Thomas M. McLean, ca 1832-??

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1832 ca
Place of Birth: London
Date of Death:
Place of Death:

Identity:

In 1881 Thomas M. McLean was recorded as a publisher, living at 61 Belsize Park and married to Dinah (b. ca 1832) with his daughter Adah L. (b. ca 1861); Thomas H. Mclean (b. ca 1861) also a publisher; and Malcolm (b. ca 1867), Arnold (b. ca 1863) and Claude (b. ca 1869).

Life:

Thomas McLean, printseller and publisher, was at 26 Haymarket, in 1861; it is not clear if this is the same firm as Thomas McLean and Co. who are recorded as photographers at 7 Haymarket, London, from 1867-1869. T. McLean was definitely recorded as a printseller and print publisher at 7 Haymarket in 1872. McLean bought and sold Whistler's etchings over a long period, particularly in the 1880s.

The artist Telemaco Signorini obtained a ticket from T. McLean to attend JW's exhibition at Dowdeswell's, 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', where he met JW on about 30 May 1884 (he also visited him in his studio on 18 June 1884 and saw the portrait of Sarasate).

Bibliography:

UK census 1881, from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004); Kelly's London Post Office Directory, 1861, 1867-1869; Post Office Directory of Stationers, London, 1872; Mayfair ... Directory, London, 1886-1887, 1887-1888; Nicholls, Paul, 'Signorini, la Gran Bretagna e il collezionismo d'Oltremanica' in Telemaco Signorini una retrospettiva, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, 1997, pp. 263-64.