Documents associated with: Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895
Record 8 of 84
System Number: 01294
Date: 18 September 1895
Author: Ernest George Brown
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F226
Document Type: ALS
BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES
[royal coat of arms]
FIRST SPECIAL AWARD
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION. 1879
DIPLOMA OF HONOUR VIENNA. 1883
TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS: "FINART, LONDON."
PLEASE ADDRESS ALL LETTERS TO THE SOCIETY.
THE FINE ART SOCIETY LIMD.
148, NEW BOND ST. W.
Sept 18th 1895
Dear Mr Whistler,
Have you heard anything from Mr Burrell. I wrote to him and explained exactly what you wanted and since then I have heard nothing. Would you kindly send us back the two pastels at your convenience. I hear there is to be a big splash made with lithographs[.] Tadema, Leighton, Abbey and others are doing them. I should like to have shown yours [p. 2] first. It seems a pity as we have all the material here but of course you have your reasons.
Yours very truly
Ernest G. Brown.
J. A. Whistler Esq
3. two pastels
It is not entirely clear which of Burrell's pastels were in need of repair. He may have owned four pastels at this time, The Purple Iris (M.397), r.: Morning Glories; v.: Nude study (M.410), San Giovanni Apostolo et Evangelistae (M.783), and Mother and child (M.1288), as well as two watercolours, Amsterdam in Winter (M.877) and Convalescent or Petit Déjeuner; note in opal (M.903). He eventually sold all these, but acquired, and kept, two more pastels,The Bridge; flesh colour and brown (M.759) andModèle drapé (M.1071).
4. Tadema, Leighton, Abbey
Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), painter [more], Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more], and Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911), painter and illustrator [more].
The Fine Art Society was successful in persuading JW to have a show of his lithographs, Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895. The exhibition opened on 7 December.
6. J A Whistler
James Abbott Whistler was JW's baptismal name but by this date he always signed himself James McNeill Whistler.