Document associated with: Bond, Edward Augustus
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System Number: 09249
Date: [21 March 1879]
Recipient: Edward Augustus Bond
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
86 Oxford St, W.
as a fit and proper person to be admitted to the Reading Room of the British Museum
James A. McNeill Whistler
The White House, Chelsea
1. [21 March 1879]
Dated on receipt in British Museum.
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].