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System Number: 11677
Date: 6 July 1878
Author: The Athenaeum[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none][2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 11/52
Document Type: PD


WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM MESSRS. ELLIS & WHITE 'A CATALOGUE[3] OF BLUE AND WHITE NANKIN PORCELAIN, FORMING THE COLLECTION OF SIR H. THOMPSON,' WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE OWNER AND MR. WHISTLER. THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE AS DISTINCT FROM EACH OTHER AS THE DRAUGHTSMEN'S SIGNATURES. THE FORMER USES A CIPHER OF HIS INITIALS; THE LATTER A MARK OF THE KIND COMMONLY EMPLOYED BY THE SPANISH RACES OF AMERICA, AND FAMILIAR FROM ITS ADOPTION BY THE "CLAIMANT." THE CATALOGUE IS MERELY DESCRIPTIVE, AND OF NO GENERAL INTEREST; THE PREFACE TELLS US THAT THE READINGS OF MARKS HAVE BEEN ADAPTED FROM THE 'CATALOGUE OF ORIENTAL CHINA,' BY MR. FRANKS. IT IS TO BE HOPED THAT THE SECOND EDITION OF THAT WORK HAS BEEN EMPLOYED, BECAUSE THE ANTIQUARY HAS ALTERED SOME OF HIS FORMER CONCLUSIONS. THE ILLUSTRATIONS, WHICH HAVE THE CHARACTER OF INDIAN-INK DRAWINGS, ARE GENERALLY ADMIRABLE.

Athenaeum.

6. July. 1878.


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Notes:

1.  The Athenaeum
Literary, artistic and scientific review.

2.  [none]
This press-cutting was pasted into an album by Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], who then noted the reference below.

3.  A CATALOGUE
Thompson, Sir Henry, A Catalogue of Blue and White Nankin Porcelain Forming the Collection of Sir Henry Thompson. Illustrated ... from Drawings by James Whistler ... and Sir Henry Thompson, London, 1878.