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System Number: 13287
Date: 7 May 1890
Author: Philip Henry Rathbone[1]
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Charles Dyall[2]
Place: [Liverpool]
Repository: National Museums Liverpool (The Walker)
Call Number: Walker Art Gallery, Letters In, 1890, no. 165
Document Type: [ALS]


[...] I telegraphed you from Dover not to issue the Circular to the Artists till I wrote. I have seen in London a great many of the principal Glasgow artists whose work is making the sensation I expected it would, and also Walker[3] of the Glasgow exhibition [...] I have had unusual opportunities of guaging [sic] opinion this time for apart from the Academy dinner Morris[4] took me to the Academy Club Greenwich dinner and afterwards Melville, Guthrie[5], Whistler and others of the school came specially to find me at the Savage Club and Walker met me at Charing Cross as I was starting [...] We have every reason to be satisfied with the position that the Autumn exhibition[6] has achieved with artists of all schools and think we may not unlikely get some pictures which were to have gone elsewhere. I asked Yeames[7] to hang but he cant and I have ask[ed] Frith[8] who will communicate with you. If he cannot I think you might wait till I return. I dont think it is desirable to announce the hangers at all because it cuts two ways. I know that many now are afraid of Frith for instance, though I believe him to be a most fair-minded man, but in the present state of ferment in the artistic world I think it would be better policy to let it be known in general that the hangers are selected so as to give fair play to all schools of arts. I think this year I have a good grip of the Glasgow school which I believe to be the coming one of the next few years, as the impressionists dont seems [sic] to be making the progress I hoped at one time [ ...]


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Notes:

1.  Philip Henry Rathbone
Philip Henry Rathbone (1828-1895), collector [more].

2.  Charles Dyall
Charles Dyall (b. ca 1831), Curator at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool [more].

3.  Walker
Robert Walker (ca 1841 - d.1900), Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts [more].

4.  Morris
Possibly William Morris (1834-1896), painter, designer, poet and socialist [more].

5.  Melville, Guthrie
Arthur Melville (1855-1905), watercolour painter [more], and James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more].

6.  Autumn exhibition
JW was on the hanging committee for 21st Autumn Exhibition of Pictures, Corporation of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1891.

7.  Yeames
William Frederick Yeames (1835-1918), history and genre painter [more].

8.  Frith
William Powell Frith (1819-1909), genre and landscape painter [more].