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Documents associated with: 21st Autumn Exhibition of Pictures, Corporation of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1891
Record 13 of 21

System Number: 09061
Date: [31 August 1891][1]
Author: Charles Dyall[2]
Place: Liverpool
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: National Museums Liverpool (The Walker)
Call Number: Walker Art Gallery, Letters Out, January-October 1891, no. 779
Document Type: MsLc[3]

Dear Sir,

I am glad Mrs Whistler[4] likes the bound catalogue[5] - I send you an ordinary one for reference. Also three proofs of the Group. Kindly let me know which you prefer and return to me and I will send you one of the best copies[6].

Mr Rathbone[7] has been over to Manchester to the private view[8] there of which he does not give a very flattering account.

I spoke to him about photographing the two walls but he finds it cant be done - he will however get an exact plan of the walls made so that you may see where the pictures are hung -

One picture has been added to the Classical wall, Batten's[9] "Demeter and Persephone".

Most truly yours,

Charles Dyall.

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1.  [31 August 1891]
As dated in letterbook.

2.  Charles Dyall
Charles Dyall (b. ca 1831), Curator at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool [more].

3.  MsLc
Copy in letterbook.

4.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

5.  catalogue
Of 21st Autumn Exhibition of Pictures, Corporation of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1891: the copy is inscribed by Dyall, with the date 'Sept 5th 1891' (GUL Sp Coll Whistler EC1891.2).

6.  copies
The photographs in question were of the Hanging Committee, taken in Room I, with the main picture visible on the line behind them being Pastures Green and Quiet Waters (cat. no. 180, price £250. 0. 0.), by John Finnie (1829-1907), landscape painter and printmaker [more].

7.  Mr Rathbone
Philip Henry Rathbone (1828-1895), collector [more].

8.  private view
[Loan Exhibition], Manchester, 1891.

9.  Batten's
John Dickson Batten (1860-1932), artist. The painting 'Demeter and Persephone' (40 in x 32 in) was number 889 in the exhibition catalogue and was reproduced on page 100.