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Record 168 of 192

System Number: 02867
Date: [1/7 April 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Charles Augustus Howell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 12/47/2
Document Type: ALS

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Here you are my dear Owl -

The "Haden - Piker - Painter Etcher Plot[3]"!


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1.  [1/7 April 1881]
Dated from reference to Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], and the Painter Etchers Society.

2.  Charles Augustus Howell
Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more].

3.  Haden - Piker - Painter Etcher Plot
This is a reference to an incident between JW and the newly formed Painter Etcher's Society. In the spring of 1881, the Society held an exhibition at the Hanover Gallery. However, when Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), painter, etcher and art teacher [more], submitted three Venice etchings, Haden (who was President of the Society) suspected that they were in fact by JW. Anxious to compare the etchings (such as F. Duveneck, The Riva, No. 2) with those that JW had been printing for the Fine Art Society (such as The Riva, No.1 (K.192)), Haden, Alphonse Legros and Dr Hamilton paid a visit to the Society's gallery. JW was indignant when he heard of the visit, regarding it as an attack on his artistic integrity. A lengthy correspondence ensued which was eventually published in the form of a pamphlet (Whistler, James McNeill, The Piker Papers. The Painter-Etchers' Society and Mr. Whistler, London, 1881), of which one copy was given by JW to Howell (see #13147).