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System Number: 12326
Date: 27 February 1891
Author: Glasgow Town Council, Sub-committee on Galleries and Museums[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
Call Number: K.A.G. No. 671
Document Type: TDc

(K.A.G. No. 671.)
No. 5
At Glasgow, the 27th February, 1891. 141-142
At a Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Galleries and City Industrial Museum.
[Written in right hand margin:] SUB-COMMITTEE ON GALLERIES AND MUSEUM.
Present - Councillor CRAWFORD (Chair), River Bailie PETTIGREW, Councillors BELL, BILSLAND, BURT, MURDOCH, AND MACPHERSON.

The Sub-Committee received a deputation consisting of Mr. James Watt[2], C. A.; Mr. Tullis[3], Ex-Deacon-Convenor; and Messrs. Joseph Henderson[4], James Guthrie[5], and E. A. Walton[6], representing artists and others interested in the fine arts, who presented the following memorial: -

Whistler's[7] portrait of Carlyle Deputation representing artist and others received.
Memorial presented.

"Glasgow Art Club,

"January 19th, 1891.

"To Councillor Crawford,
Convenor Sub-Committee on Galleries of Art, Corporation Halls, and City Industrial Museum.

"Dear Sir,

"We, the undersigned artists[8] of Glasgow, being deeply interested in the scheme of the purchase of pictures on behalf of the Corporation of this City, beg to place before your committee for consideration the following suggestion, viz., the desirability of purchasing for the town the celebrated portrait of Thomas Carlyle[9] by James McNeill Whistler, regarded by Carlyle as being the most successful portrait of himself. Not only is the subject of this picture one that appeals strongly to all Scotchmen, but the masterly execution, the dignity, and the simplicity rank it amongst the noblest works of art of our time.

"We are, &c.,

"E. A. Walton, Joseph Henderson, James Guthrie, A. K. Brown, Pittendrigh Macgillivray, Duncan Mackellar, George Henry, Wellwood Rattray, James Paterson, E. A. Hornel, Alexander/ (p. 2) Alexander Frew, H. Maxwell, Harrington Mann, P. Macgregor Wilson, Grosvenor Thomas, T. Corsan Morton, James A. Aitken, Eban. T. Hoeck, Harry Spence, John Keppie, David Thomson, I. A., Jas. R. Middleton, Tom Robertson, Kellock Brown, George Pirie, Wm. Dalglish, Walter McAdam, A. Brownlie Docherty, John Lawson, Robert Brydall, John Miller, Wm. MacBride, Andrew Myles, J. Lavery, Alexander Skirving, Tom MacEwan, Andrew Black, Alexander MacBride, Wm. Young, John Henderson, J. Morris Henderson, Wm. Grimmond, James G. Laing, Archibald Kay, William Leiper, F. R. I. B. A., Fra H. Newbery, James J. F. X. King, F. E. S., James M. Dunlop, John Alsop, James A. Dron, William Findlay, David M. Cammond, R. Macaulay Stevenson, David Fulton, Crawford Shaw, William Kennedy, John Jas, Burnet, John A. Campbell, J. Reid Murray, Jno. D. Taylor, Andrew Richmond, Crawford Shaw, James Law.

We, the undersigned[10], willingly concur in the foregoing memorial to be presented by the artists of Glasgow to the Corporation of their city -

"W. Q. Orchardson, J. E. Millais, Alfred Gilbert, David Murray, William McTaggart, Robert Alexander, J. Lawton Wingate.

"We the undersigned lay members of the Glasgow Art Club[11], concur in the foregoing memorial :-

"Robert Walker, Acting Secretary Institute of the Fine Arts; Thos. Gentles, R. Sorley, J. Simpson Cumming, Robert Philips, James Muir, William Smith, H. R. S. W., Robert J. Bennett, Neil Macphail, James G. Locherbie, Patrick S. Dunn, Hon. Secretary Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Jas G. Johnston, W. T. Hoeck, Chas. Carlton, Jas. A. D. MacBean, Thos. Davidson, jun., Thomas Reid, Robert Gourlay, Andrew J. Kirkpatrick, Chairman of Council of Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts; Robert Frame, John A. Galbraith, Maxwell Hedderwick/ (p. 3) Maxwell Hedderwick, James T. Tullis, Robert Wylie, John K. Tullis".

The deputation having been heard in support of the memorial, were assured that it, and the representations made by them, would receive careful consideration. The deputation having withdrawn, the sub-committee unanimously resolved, in pursuance of the powers contained in the sub-committee's minutes of 18th April 1890, and approved of by the Town Council, to remit to the Chairman and Councillor Bell, with power to purchase the portrait referred to in the memorial at a price not exceeding one thousand guineas.

Remit[12] to purchase portrait referred to in memorial.

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1.  Glasgow Town Council, Sub-committee on Galleries and Museums
Robert Crawford (1845-1915), of Burns, Crawford and Co. [more]; Andrew Hislop Pettigrew (1857-1942), Glasgow Councillor [more]; James Bell (1850-1929), Councillor and later Lord Provost of Glasgow [more]; William Bilsland (1847-1921), baker, Glasgow Councillor [more]; Councillor Burt, Glasgow Town Council; Councillor Murdoch, Glasgow City Council; Councillor MacPherson, Glasgow Town Councillor [more]; James W. Paton (1843-1921), Curator of the Glasgow Industrial Museum [more], and others.

2.  Mr. James Watt
James Watt, artist, member of a deputation to Glasgow City Council, 1891 [more].

3.  Mr. Tullis
Tullis, ex-Deacon-Convenor, Glasgow Town Council.

4.  Joseph Henderson
Joseph Henderson (1832-1908), painter [more].

5.  James Guthrie
James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more].

6.  E. A. Walton
Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more].

7.  Whistler's
Typed in right margin alongside above paragraph.

8.  undersigned artists
Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more]; Joseph Henderson (1832-1908), painter [more]; James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more]; Alexander Kellock Brown (1849-1922), artist [more]; James Pittendrigh Macgillivray (1856-1938), sculptor, painter and architectural artist [more]; Duncan Mackellar (1849-1908), figure painter and watercolourist [more]; George F. Henry (1858-1943), landscape, portrait and decorative painter [more]; Alexander William Wellwood Rattray (1849-1902), landscape painter and watercolourist [more]; James Paterson (1854-1932), painter [more]; Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933), genre and decorative painter [more]; Alexander Frew (ca 1863 - d.1908), landscape and marine painter [more]; Hamilton Maxwell (1830-1923), watercolour landscape painter [more]; Harrington Mann (1864-1937), artist [more]; Peter Macgregor Wilson (ca 1856 - d.1928), watercolour landscape painter [more]; George Thomson, journalist [more]; Thomas Corsan Morton (1859-1928), landscape painter [more]; James Alfred Aitken (1846-1897), landscape artist [more]; Ebenezer T. Hoeck (d. 1931), artist [more]; Henry N. Spencer [?], Consul at the American consulate in Paris in 1855 ; John Keppie (1862-1945), painter, architect and architectural draughtsman [more]; David Thompson (fl. 1889-1893), artist [more]; James Raeburn Middleton (1855-ca 1910), portrait and landscape painter [more]; Thomas Edward Roberts (1820-1902), painter and engraver [more]; Alexander Kellock Brown (1849-1922), artist [more]; Sir George Pirie (1867-1946), painter of figures, animals and farmyard scenes [more]; William Dalglish (1860-1909), artist [more]; Walter McAdam (1866-1935), artist [more]; Alexander Brownlie Docharty (1862-1940), landscape painter [more]; John Lawson (1868-1909), landscape painter [more]; Robert Brydall (1839-1907), artist [more]; John Miller (fl. 1873-1909), figure and landscape painter [more]; William MacBride (1856-1919), landscape painter [more]; Andrew Myles, artist [more]; John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more]; Alexander Skirving (fl. 1880-1913), architect [more]; Thomas McEwan (1861-1914), figure painter [more]; Andrew Black (1850-1916), artist [more]; Alexander MacBride (1859-1955), watercolour painter [more]; William Young (1845-1916), landscape painter [more]; John Henderson (1860-1924), artist [more]; Joseph Morris Henderson (1863-1936), artist [more]; William Grimmond (fl. 1876-1914), figure painter [more]; James Garden Laing (1852-1915), landscape painter [more]; Archibald Kay (1860-1935), landscape painter [more]; William Leiper (1839-1916), architect [more]; Francis Henry Newbery (1855-1946), painter, Director of Glasgow School of Art [more]; James Joseph Francis Xavier King (1855-1933), lecturer at Glasgow School of Art [more]; James M. Dunlop (fl. 1891-1915), artist [more]; John Alsop (fl. 1889-1891), artist [more]; James A. Dron (b. ca 1866- after 1929), artist [more]; William Findlay (1875-1960), portrait, figurative and mural painter and etcher [more]; David M. Cammond, artist [more]; Robert Macaulay Stevenson (1860-1952), painter and art critic [more]; David Fulton (1848-1930), painter and engraver [more]; J. Crawford Shaw (fl. 1887-1899), artist [more]; William Kennedy (1860-1918), landscape, animal and military painter [more]; John James Burnet (1857-1938), architect [more]; John Archibald Campbell (1859-1909), architect [more]; John Reid Murray (1861-1906), landscape painter [more]; John D. Taylor (fl. 1880-1900), landscape painter [more]; Andrew Richmond (fl. 1868-1899), artist [more]; J. Crawford Shaw (fl. 1887-1899), artist [more]; and James Law, Glasgow artist [more].

9.  Thomas Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

10.  undersigned
William Quiller Orchardson (1832-1910), genre and portrait painter [more]; John Everett Millais (1829-1896), artist [more]; Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor [more]; David Murray (1849-1933), landscape painter [more]; William McTaggart (1835-1910), landscape painter [more], Robert Alexander (1840-1923), animal painter [more], James Lawton Wingate (1846-1924), landscape, animal and figure painter [more].

11.  Glasgow Art Club
Robert Walker (ca 1841 - d.1900), Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts [more]; Thomas Adam Gentles (d. 1911), paper hanging manufacturer [more]; Robert Sorley (1840-1904), jeweller and silversmith [more]; J. Simpson Cumming (d. 1909), MD, physician [more]; Robert Philips (fl. 1887-1912), bank agent [more]; James Muir (d. 1898), chartered accountant [more]; William Smith (fl. 1889-1919), artist [more]; Robert James Bennett (1843-1916), painter and decorator [more]; Neil Macphail (fl. 1886-1902), of Macphail and Niven, wholesale stationers [more]; James S. Lockerbie (d. 1943), yarn merchant [more]; Patrick S. Dunn (d. 1932), shipowner and artist [more]; James G. Johnston, member of Glasgow Art Club [more]; William Thomas Hoeck (b. 1859), musician [more]; Charles Carlton (d. 1933), decorator, and member of Glasgow Art Club [more]; James A. D. MacKean (1863-1903), manufacturer [more]; Thomas Davidson, Jr (1863-1903), artist [more]; Thomas Reid (d. 1906), journalist at the Glasgow Herald [more]; Robert Gourlay (b. 1840), manager, Bank of Scotland [more]; Andrew J. Kirkpatrick (d. 1900), merchant and collector, Chairman, Council of the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts [more]; Robert Frame (d. 1895), writer [more]; John A. Galbraith (fl.1888-1922), shipowner [more]; Maxwell Hedderwick (b. 1856), newspaper proprietor [more]; James Thomson Tullis (1842-1910), leather merchant [more]; Robert Wylie or Whylie (d. 1921), warehouse man and member of Glasgow Art Club [more]; and John K. Tullis (d. 1907), leather merchant [more].

12.  Remit
Typed in right margin alongside above paragraph.