The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 21st Autumn Exhibition of Pictures, Corporation of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1891
Record 14 of 21

System Number: 09062
Date: [19 September 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. 906
Document Type: MsLc[3]

Dear Mr Whistler,

I now send you the photograph[4] of the hanging committee.

I find I misunderstood Frazer's[5] letter with reference to the illustrated catalogue. He said that the offending plate would be removed and another substituted, by which I though[t] another photo of your picture. It appears however the publishers have taken out "The Fur Jacket" as you wished and [six illegible words] say that the man who did the plate by the[ir] process they have must ha[ve] tried to improve the outline, but it was without their knowledge.

We are doing well with the Exhibition. I sold Keeley Halswelles[6] and Mrs De Morgans[7] pictures yesterday. The attendance is specially good.

Most truly yours,

Charles Dyall.

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1.  [19 September 1891]
Dated in letterbook.

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

3.  MsLc
This letter is a handwritten copy in a letterbook.

4.  photograph
The photographs in question were of the Hanging Committee of 21st Autumn Exhibition of Pictures, Corporation of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1891, taken in Room I, with the main picture visible on the line behind them being J. Finnie, Pastures Green and Quiet Waters (z254) (cat. no. 180, price £250.0.0.) by John Finnie (1829-1907), landscape painter and printmaker [more]. Whistler's choice was the photograph in which top hats were held rather than worn, and where he is at a little further distance from the group than in the other photograph surviving. More importantly to Whistler, the photograph of Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181), in the catalogue was not what it should be.

5.  Frazer's
Frazer, a friend of C. Dyall in Liverpool.

6.  Keeley Halswelles
Keeley Halswelle (1832-1891), painter. His painting Kings of the Forest was number 10 in the catalogue of the show.

7.  Mrs De Morgans
Evelyn de Morgan (b. 1850 or 1855, d. 1919), painter. Her painting Aurora Triumphans was number 887 in the catalogue of the show and was pictured on page 100.