The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Burlington Fine Arts Club
Record 28 of 132

System Number: 12950
Date: 21 June 1867
Author: Louis Huth[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Rodolph Nicholson Wornum[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Call Number: National Art Library, PC12/6 MSL/1952/1353/2/5/6
Document Type: ALS

140 Harley Street

21 June 1867

Dear Sir

Immediately on receipt last evening of your letter[3] of the 19th inst I called upon Mr Whistler in the hope of being able to induce him to withdraw from the Burlington Club, but he positively declined doing so on the ground that the manner in [p. 2] in [sic] which the Committee had suggested this course to him rendered it impossible, neither would he give any explanation to them as he considers his difference with Mr Seymour Haden[4] to be a purely personal matter with which the Club has nothing [p. 3] to do -

I have since then seen Mr Boxall[5] who will write to Mr Whistler with a view to a meeting of us three[.] Should we proceed in effecting it we shall probably propose to Mr Whistler that he withdraw out of personal consideration to us -

I am on the point [p. 4][6] of leaving town, but hope to be back in a very few days when I will look at the letters relating to this unpleasant affair & further communicate with you.

In the meantime
I am, Dear Sir,
Yours truly

Louis Huth.

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1.  Louis Huth
Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more].

2.  Rodolph Nicholson Wornum
Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), history painter [more]. This relates to JW's recent quarrel with Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], which led to his alleged assault on Haden in a Paris café. As a result, Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the Club (see JW's account of Haden's allegations in his letter to L. Huth, #02240).

3.  your letter
See R. N. Wornum to L. Huth, #12950.

4.  Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

5.  Mr Boxall
William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more].

6.  [p. 4]
'(7)' is written at the top of p. 4.