The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 13138
Date: 1 January 1881
Author: Frances Seymour Haden[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Samuel Putnam Avery[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: The New York Public Library, New York
Call Number: Sir Francis Seymour Haden. Letters
Credit Line: Sir Francis Seymour Haden. Letters / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: TsLc

38 Hertford Street,
May Fair.

1 Jan. 1881.

My dear Mr Avery,

I am not sure if I thanked you for sending me Mr Whistler [sic] letter[3]. If not I do so now. He is an unfortunate fellow & his own enemy.

Herewith you have prospectus's [sic] of new Society of Painter Etchers[4]. Will you please distribute them as follows

Scribners. 1
Harpers 1
N. Y. Herald 1
Tribune 1
american art magazine 1

and, generally, make it known

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

2.  Samuel Putnam Avery
Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), print-publisher, collector and philanthropist [more].

3.  letter
This probably related to a recent dispute between JW and Haden, involving the Society of Painter Etchers, of which Haden was President; see Whistler, James McNeill, The Piker Papers. The Painter-Etchers' Society and Mr. Whistler, London, 1881.

4.  Society of Painter Etchers
In 1880 Haden was a founder and president of the Society of Painter Etchers, later the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. See Hopkinson, Martin, No Day Without Line: The History Of The Royal Society Of Painter-Printmakers from 1880 to the present day, Oxford, 1999; and Chambers, Emma, An Indolent and Blundering Art?: The etching revival and the redefinition of etching in England, 1838-1892, Ashgate, 1999.