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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 11267
Date: [26 June 1867][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Michael Rossetti[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[3]


[...] I want so much to talk with you about this club affair[4]. I think I have got them all on the grip, and am as you may imagine determined to go on! No compromise, no pity! I shall carry it through or go out. I will have those old fellows know that I am not to be treated with this insolent discourtesy, an ample apology I shall insist on, on the part, I mean, of the committee[5] [...]


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Notes:

1.  [26 June 1867]
This is an excerpt from #09388, which is dated 26 June 1867.

2.  William Michael Rossetti
William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more].

3.  PLfc
Excerpt published in Maggs sale catalogue, no. 492, London, 1927, p. 263, item 1254, described as one of 'A very fine series of letters chiefly concerning Whistler's expulsion from the Burlington Fine Arts Club.'

4.  club affair
The Burlington Fine Arts Club was founded in 1866. It was located at 177, Piccadilly. In April 1867, JW quarrelled with Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], over Haden's treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. In late April 1867, Traer died suddenly in Paris of alcohol related causes (see document signed A. Brierre de Boismont, 27 April 1867, #11801). Haden arranged for Traer's burial with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. Haden later claimed that in the resulting confrontation JW had pushed him through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Fine Arts Club (see William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more], Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more], and the Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more], proposers, 22 February 1867, #11957). In the aftermath of the Traer affair, Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded, having brought to attention of the club several alleged incidents of assault involving JW (JW to L. Huth, [24 December 1867], #02240). JW was expelled at a general meeting of the club on 13 December (JW to W. Boxall, 24 December 1867, #00498). W. M. Rossetti and his brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more], resigned in protest (JW to W. Boxall, op. cit., #00498).

5.  committee
The Burlington Fine Arts Club Committee included William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more], Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more], Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more], Richard Fisher (d. 1890), Fellow and Curator of the Society of Painter-Etchers [more], and Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), history painter [more].