Documents associated with: 5th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1881
Record 6 of 7
Dear Flossie -
13. Tite Street - Chelsea.
1. [19/21 May 1881]
Dated from butterfly signature and reference to Harry Quilter (see note below).
Henry ('Arry') Quilter (1851-1907), advocate and art critic [more]. Quilter had just succeeded Thomas ('Tom') Taylor (1817-1880), civil servant, dramatist, art critic, and editor of Punch from 1874-1880 [more], as art critic at the Times. On 18 May 1881, JW wrote to the society paper, the World, mocking Quilter's confusion between oil and water-colour in his review of a portrait of John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more], by Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), painter [more], at the Grosvenor Gallery. Quilter's review of 5th Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1881 appeared in the Times on 2 May 1881. See also Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 68-69.