The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09249
Date: [21 March 1879][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edward Augustus Bond[2]
Place: London
Repository: British Library
Call Number: Department of Manuscripts, Add. MS 48341, f.217
Document Type: Ms/PDs


From personal knowledge I recommend

Signor Orazio Buggiani[3]
86 Oxford St, W.

as a fit and proper person to be admitted to the Reading Room[4] of the British Museum

James A. McNeill Whistler

The White House, Chelsea


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1.  [21 March 1879]
Dated on receipt in British Museum.

2.  E. A. Bond
Edward Augustus Bond (1815-1898), Librarian of the British Museum [more].

3.  Signor Orazio Buggiani
Brazio Buggiani (b. ca 1818), picture restorer [more]. JW was on very good terms with Buggiani. According to a letter from JW to May Margherita Rawlinson (b. 1822, m. 1867), néee Cridland, wife of the collector [more] in November 1878 (#08112), he was employed to varnish Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119). Furthermore, at that time, JW considered calling him as a witness in the Whistler v. Ruskin trial (see summons from J. A. Rose, #11895).

4.  Reading Room
It was necessary to have a character reference to gain access to the departments of the British Museum, including the Print Room, and to the Library. JW's friends, Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more], and his wife, regularly did research at the Museum at that time. The distinguished visitors to the Reading Room would have included Karl Marx (1818-1893), political economist [more].