The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 3rd Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1879
Record 4 of 18

System Number: 11932
Date: 2 April 1879
Author: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Recipient: [Newtons Auction and Estate Offices?][2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

'Re Whistler 2 April 1879'

W. C.

2nd April 1879

Dear Sir

You must take care that Mr Nathan[4] does not raise any objection to Mr Whistler pictures going to the Grosvenor[5] or other galleries

J A Rose

Lofts & Warner[6] have included two copper plates one belongs to Hogarth[7] & one to McLean[8] but these must be excluded from my inventory.

[p. 2] printing press also put down which belongs to Fagan[9] at the British Museum and does not belong to Whistler at all. This must be excluded

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1.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

2.  [Newtons Auction and Estate Offices?]
This letter may be in response to the auction house's letter of the same date (#11938).

3.  ALS
'Re Whistler ... 1879' written in another hand in the left margin at right angles to the main text. '166' written in another hand, in a circle, just beneath the date. Legal documents, including those relating to JW's bankruptcy, were collected and numbered by Rose. JW was declared 'insolvent' on 6 May 1879. The auction of his paintings, etchings, drawings, oriental collection of prints and porcelain, and household effects, was held in the White House on 7 May 1879.

4.  Nathan
Nathan & Son, Officers to the Sheriff of Middlesex.

5.  Grosvenor
JW exhibited several works including Harmony in Yellow and Gold: The Gold Girl - Connie Gilchrist (YMSM 190) and Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203) at 3rd Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1879.

6.  Lofts & Warner
House agents at 99 Mount Street, Grosvenor Square.

7.  Hogarth
The 'Adam and Eve', Old Chelsea (K.175) was published by Messrs Hogarth and Son, print dealers, in 1879.

8.  McLean
Print dealer, who, as the Print-sellers' Association, published Hurlingham (K.181) and Fulham (K.182) in 1879.

9.  Fagan
Louis Alexander Fagan (1845-1903), diplomat, writer on art, amateur artist, assistant in the Department of Engraving at the British Museum [more].