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Documents associated with: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1889
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System Number: 00866
Date: [1886/1889?][1]
Author: Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D72
Document Type: AD



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Whistler Pastel owners.

Ross Winans[3]

W. J. Galloway[4] (deceased)
2 Compton Terrace
Upper Street - Islington -

J. P. Heseltine[5]
196 Queens Gate

- Louis Huth[6].

J. E. Boehm[7]

A. Muir[8]
42 Holland Park.

H. S. Theobald[9]

J. A. Thrupp[10]
111 Maida Vale.

Cyril Flower[11] 7 Hyde Park Place

J. S. Forbes[12]. Garden Corner.

Lady Ross[13].
Walhampton Park.
Lymington. Hampshire.

H. Roscoe[14]
69 Cadogan Place.

J. R. Burn[15] -
5 Upper Phillimore Gardens

- T. Way[16].

[p. 2] B. Scoones[17]. 14 Chelsea Embank.

Mrs Skipp Lloyd[18].
Lion Mansion

Mrs Sartoris[19].

J. H. Hutchinson[20]
42 Lancaster Gate -
(these pastels are in Mr W's possession)

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1.  [1886/1889?]
The list must date from after 1886 (when one picture was bought) and before 1891 (the death of Hutchison). It is possible the list was written when JW was planning a one-man show. Messrs Dowdeswell were involved in an attempt to have such a show in the RBA galleries in 1888, but this was abandoned. Instead, two shows were scheduled for 1889, 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1889, and [Exhibition of the work of J. McN. Whistler], College for Working Men and Women, London, 1889. JW may have borrowed some of these works for exhibition but due to his changing of titles, and poor records, it is very difficult to identify them. Several works were definitely borrowed from the owners mentioned in the list, at dates between 1887 and 1890, and were reworked by JW. He may have wanted to improve, conserve or remount and/or reframe them. Once in his possession he was loathe to part with them. Money may have played a part but does not seem to have been a major issue.

2.  Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell
Art dealers, who held 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886, and helped plan later exhibitions.

3.  Ross Winans
Ross Revillon Winans (1851-1912), son of C. and T. De K. Winans [more]. His pastels included r.: The Palace in Rags; v.: Houses by a canal, with bridges (M.770). They were all in Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881, and possibly bought at that time (M. 757, 770-1, 774, 778).

4.  W. J. Galloway
William James Galloway (ca 1834- before 1889), collector, baker and confectioner [more], owned San Rocco (M.772), which was in the 1881 pastel show, and another drawing bought at some time unknown (M.1484).

5.  J. P. Heseltine
John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), accountant, amateur etcher, collector of prints and drawings [more]. He was an important patron, who owned M.370, 423, 773, 788, 791, 806, 1071. Of these, three were in the 1881 show (M.773, 778. 791); Sunset; red and gold - The Gondolier (M.806) dates from Venice but was bought later; Modèle drapé (M.1071) dating from ca. 1885, was bought at some time unknown; and two were bought 1889/90 (M.370, 423).

6.  Louis Huth
Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more]. He owned both oils and drawings, including M. 454, 759, 808, 819. All except r.: Study for 'Arrangement in Black, No. 2: Portrait of Mrs Louis Huth'; v.: Study for 'Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs Frances Leyland' (M.454) were in the 1881 show and probably bought then or soon afterwards.

7.  J. E. Boehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more], owned r.: Portrait sketch of Thomas Carlyle; v.: Head (M.462) and The Giudecca; note in flesh colour (M.817). The latter was given to him by JW after the 1881 show.

8.  A. Muir
Andrew Muir (ca 1837-1900?), Russia merchant and collector [more], owned a Venetian pastel, which he probably bought at or after the 1881 show (M.824).

9.  H. S. Theobald
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), barrister and collector [more]. He owned the biggest collection of JW's small works (including M. 381, 482, 567-8, 590, 727, 782, 884, 886-8, 890, 897-8, 900, 905-6, 925, 928, 944-6). Two of these. The Beggars - Winter (M.727) and The Staircase; note in red (M.782), were in the 1881 show, but may have been acquired later, in 1893. He also had many watercolours, mostly bought at or immediately after 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 (M.590, 884, 886-87, 890, 898, 900, 906, 925, 928, 944-46, and possibly M.888, 897, 905; see M.568 for an account of his collection). JW did ask if he could borrow some works for exhibition in Exposition Internationale de Peinture et de Sculpture, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1887, but it is not clear if Theobald agreed. JW also may have retrieved and reworked some at an unknown date (M.381, 567, 1884).

10.  J. A. Thrupp
John A. Thrupp (b. 1828), collector [more] (see M. 824).

11.  Cyril Flower
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more], whose collection included Corte del Paradiso (M.784) and The Red Doorway (M.795). They were both in the 1881 show.

12.  J. S. Forbes
James Staats Forbes (1823-1904), railway manager and collector [more]. Most of the works in his collection dated from early in JW's career (M.378, 387, 389-80, 393, 405, 412-3, 419, 462, 532, 534-5, 548) but it is not known when Forbes acquired them. Most were exhibited by W. Marchant in 1903. Little Canal, San Barnaba; flesh colour and grey (M.777) was a Venetian subject, but again, it is not known when it was acquired.

13.  Lady Ross
Lady Ross, collector [more] (see M. 824).

14.  H. Roscoe
Rt Hon. Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe (1833-1915), chemist, MP, collector [more] (see M. 824).

15.  J. R. Burn
James R. Burn (b. ca. 1839), bookbinder and collector [more] (see M. 824).

16.  T. Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. He acquired a large collection including M. 311, 322, 333, 341, 348, 411, 470, 474-5, 477, 496, 512, 516, 521, 543, 553, 660, 667-8, 672, 679-80, 683, 689-90, 693-4, 706-7, 722-3, 731-2, 788, 794, 813, 820, 836, 839, 892, 918, 1074, 1077, 1086, 1147, 1330). In many cases the date of acquisition is unknown. Several were acquired in 1879-80 (M.333, 348, 512, 543, 553, 689, 690, 694). Several drawings were apparently gifts from JW (M.679, 680, 683, 706-7, 722-3, 731-2, 836, 1330). A number, including pen drawings and watercolours, were thrown away by JW and retrieved by Way (M.311, 322, 341, 475, 477, 516, 667, 668, 672, 839, 1147). Way owned several fine Venetian pastels (M.788, 794, 813, 820), including some from the 1881 show. He lent a number of works to JW and sometimes had trouble retrieving them. Note in Violet and Green (M.1074), bought from Deschamps ca. 1876, was reworked and signed for Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1885-1886, and Way requested its return on 5 September 1887, at the same time asking for the return of r.: Study for 'Morning Glories'; v.: Standing nude (M.411). Little Nude (M.1086) was reworked in 1886. Annabel Lee (M.1077), possibly acquired in 1885, was with JW in 1887. Seated figure (M.496) was reworked about 1889; and finally, r.: The Blue Girl; v.: Curtain (M.521), a seventies drawing, was signed 1890/93 (see Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, pp. 55-56).

17.  B. Scoones
William Baptiste Wordsworth Scoones (1838 or 1839-1906), civil servant [more], owned Blue and silver - The lslands, Venice (M.822).

18.  Mrs Skipp Lloyd
Ellen Sarah Skipp Lloyd (m. 1876), née Johnson, collector [more], probably acquired Note in flesh colour and orange (M.1087) from 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886.

19.  Mrs Sartoris
Mary H. Sartoris (b. ca 1846), collector, wife of C. U. Sartoris, landed proprietor [more] (see M. 824) acquired Note in pink and purple (M.935) from the 1884 Dowdeswell show.

20.  J. H. Hutchinson
Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), stock broker and collector [more], he had some important works including M. 734-6, 864, 1226-7, 1327, 1589, 1690. The Japanese Dress (M.1227), bought from Dowdeswell, was reworked ca. 1888-1890, and Design for a Mosaic (M.1226) may have been reworked and was certainly in JW's possession about the time of Hutchinson's death in 1891. The collection was sold in 1892.