The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Burlington Fine Arts Club
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System Number: 00441
Date: 27 June [1867][1]
Author: Richard Fisher[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Boxall[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B220
Document Type: ALS

Burlington Fine Arts Club[4]

Thursday June 27

My dear Mr Boxall

You seem to think that the letter[5] from the Committee of the Burlington Fine Arts Club of the 11th June to Mr Whistler should have given that gentleman the opportunity of negativing the alleged circumstances[6] which occasioned their writing to him. They have been [p. 2] anxious to do so, and by their subsequent letters[7] have expressed that such was their wish - being actuated simply by the motive of dealing with thorough impartiality in protecting the interests and right management of the Club.

But I am quite ready in furtherance of your view of the subject to submit to the Committee [p. 3] any communication you consider may have the effect of affording Mr Whistler the opportunity he desires, and satisfactorily concluding this very unpleasant matter.

Believe me
Yours sincerely

Richd Fisher

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1.  27 June [1867]
Year dated from day of week, and the subject matter of the Burlington Club dispute (see below).

2.  Richard Fisher
Richard Fisher (d. 1890), Fellow and Curator of the Society of Painter-Etchers [more].

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

4.  Burlington Fine Arts Club
A club for artists and connoisseurs founded around June 1866. It was located at 177, Piccadilly. JW was proposed as a member on 12 March 1867 (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, #11957).

5.  letter
See R. N. Wornum to JW, #10442.

6.  circumstances
In April 1867 JW quarrelled with F. S. Haden over his treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer died suddenly on 23 April of alcohol related causes, during a trip to Paris. Haden arranged for Traer's burial with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. On 26 April a violent row took place between the brothers-in-law in a Paris café and Haden fell (or allegedly was pushed by JW) through a plate glass window. In the aftermath of the incident Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the Club (JW to L. Huth, #02240). On 11 June, JW received a request for his resignation from the Club on the threat of expulsion (see R. N. Wornum to JW, #10442).

7.  subsequent letters
See R. N. Wornum to JW, #10054. No other letters have been traced.