Documents associated with: society expulsion
Record 7 of 7
System Number: 02508
Date: [December 1867/January 1868]
Author: Baldwyn Leighton
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L44
Document Type: ALS
[coat of arms:] OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE CLUB
52 Park St.
It was only last night that I heard from Chapman how badly they treated you at the Burlington. I believe from what I have heard from 2 or 3 members of the Club that their proceedings were as informal as they were unjust. - They seem too to have put off the business till they thought there were as few
of the members as possible except of their own party in town, & then I understand with a very short (& probably E informal) notice, they [p. 2] proceed to discuss a grave question - I believe the terms of the notice were "that they were about to consider a question that the committee did not consider think themselves competent to deal with". wh. might suggest the purchase of a new carpet or an alteration in the premises.
It all comes of these cursed dilettante Clubs, of which thank Heaven I never was & never mean to be a member.
I had met Mr Rossetti the night before dining at Miss Bromleys [sic] & he spoke a good deal about it - I took the liberty of writing to him afterwards to [p. 3] say that I thought if he could succeed in getting the question adjourned, I could write to a friend of mine who knows d'Azeglio very well & perhaps produce a diversion -
I had spoken to him before on the subject & I thought of writing to him now to let him know what have been the later doings of his club -
If you have nothing to do, would you come & dine with me on Saturday at 7½? Mr Webb, the architect whom perhaps you know is coming & Chapman & possibly one or two others -
Very truly yours
1. [December 1867/January 1868]
Presumably this dates from shortly after the meeting in December 1867 which resulted in JW's expulsion from the Burlington Fine Arts Club on 13 December (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498).
3. [coat of arms:]
This embossed crest has been crossed out with a large 'X'.
The Burlington Fine Arts Club, a London club for professional artists, amateurs and collectors.
6. Mr Rossetti
This could either be Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more], or his brother, William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more]. Both men took JW's side when he was threatened with expulsion from the Burlington Fine Arts Club as a result of his quarrel with Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].