Documents associated with: 5th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1881
Record 1 of 7
System Number: 01118
Date: 8 December 1880
Author: Marcus Bourne Huish
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F49
Document Type: ALS
THE FINE ART SOCIETY,
148, NEW BOND ST. W.
8th Decr 1880
Dear Mr Whistler
The Board I may say are anxious to do [p. 2] this, but more in order to avoid any chance of disagreement than on any other account, as if they did so they would at once reduce both the price and the number of sets to be printed - & so their profit would not be so considerable as you mentioned
Supposing them to forego this I suppose there would be no difficulty in our coming to terms respecting the exhibition & sale of the pastels.
As I told Mr Way we are committed to an exhibition, to open early [p. 3] in February in a new Gallery that we are taking - but we could promise you our present Gallery for 2 months from 1st January & that time should suffice to sell the pastels. As regards the time of exhibition we always find the two first months of the year very good for selling as there are no other exhibitions [p. 4] open where they sell works. The Old Masters & Grosvenor not being of this nature.
In fact the best time of the year for us is when the Grosvenor is open -
If you think that this arrangement would suit you will you call on Friday morning between eleven thirty & one oc: [o'clock] & see if we can come to terms.
Marcus B Huish
J A McN Whistler Esq.
JW's exhibition Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881 opened on 29 January.
5. Old Masters & Grosvenor
Probably a reference to the loan exhibitions of Old Masters which had taken place at the Royal Academy every winter since 1870. The 5th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1881 opened on 2 May.