Documents associated with: Spectator (London)
Record 6 of 7
System Number: 02986
Date: [c. 25 March 1886]
Recipient: Marcus Bourne Huish
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 3/48
Document Type: ALS
[sketch of framed press-cuttings]
Why dont you take the cutting from the Spectator about your show, my dear Huish, and my last Masterpiece in this weeks World, and frame them with large margins neatly on White mount, as above, and hang them in the Holman Hunt Gallery - or in the front room -
That is the [p. 2] thing to do! - Then you have my mutilated Arry stretched as at the Morgue! -
3. [sketch of framed press-cuttings]
The sketch indicates the arrangement of two press cuttings. It was originally assumed to date from about 1 December 1895, and to relate to Mr Whistler's Lithographs, The Fine Art Society, London, 1895 (see Framed press-cuttings for lithograph exhibition at the Fine Art Society (M.1451)).
4. your show
This relates to a review of a small show of works by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), artist [more], at the Fine Art Society. See [anon.], 'Holman-Hunt's Painting: Preliminary Notice,' Spectator, 20 March 1886, pp. 387-88. The reviewer, probably Harry Quilter (see below), criticised the unsympathetic surroundings of the gallery (the show was located in a 'back room') and the absence of three of Hunt's 'most important pictures.'
A reference to an exchange between JW and 'Atlas' (Edmund Hodgson Yates (1831-1894), novelist, 'Atlas' columnist and editor-proprietor of the World [more]) in the World. It concerned the recent candidature of Harry Quilter for the Slade Chair of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge. See E. Yates to JW, #11400 and JW to E. Yates, #11401, #11402. Later published in Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892, pp. 121-23.