The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Henry Russell Wray, 1864-1927

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1864.10.03
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
Date of Death: 1927
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The son of William T. and Sophia Wray, Henry Russell Wray met JW at some time in 1890 or shortly afterwards, probably in Paris. According to Mary A. Bartow of Colorado Springs, 3 August 1901: 'Mr. and Mrs. Henry Russell Wray have studied art in Paris and are in love with the collectors art, surrounding themselves with many bits of antique furniture, old tapestries and rare things in pottery that have come from all parts of the country. They are and [sic] influence for art culture in the city.'


Wray was a landscape painter, but worked mainly as a journalist, writer and editor. He wrote a A review of etching in the United States, Philadelphia, 1893. He wrote about JW, who apparently approved and described the account as 'a bold interpretation' (#13877).

In November 1896, the Colorado Springs Gazette was bought from General Palmer by a consortium for somewhere between $30,000 and $50,000 in gold. Cornelius Vanderbilt Barton of New York and Thomas C. Parrish were principal owners, and the editor and manager Henry Russell Wray, and business manager William McKay Barbour, Parrish, a mining speculator and a portrait painter, both of Colorado Springs, had an interest.


Letter from Mary A. Bartow, Tutt Library, Colorado College, transcribed in (accessed 2004.05);; (accessed 2004.05); (accessed 2004.9).