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System Number: 02485
Date: 10 April 1889
Author: David Law[1]
Place: London
Recipient: William Christian Symons[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L22
Document Type: ALS


April 10th - / 89

My Dear Symons

I have been a good deal out of Town and have had few opportunities of seeing friends anent the Whistler Dinner[3] - I found some who had already been spoken to by other members of the committee - in fact we are almost all equally acquianted [sic] with those who sympathise with the object in view - mostly artists [p. 2] who are known admirers

I find very few who are not artists that would care to join us in the compliment to one who is not understood

I send a few names to whom circulars may be sent - and hope to get some more presently -

Mr. C. W. Dowdeswell[4]
— C. Dowdeswell Junr.
— W. Dowdeswell Junr.
160 New Bond St.

Ernest Brown[5] - Fine Art Society
148 New Bond St.

J H. Buck[6] 179 New Bond St -

A. H. Haig[7] 32 Randolph Gardens

[p. 3] L. Smythe[8] 36 Gloucester Crescent
N. W

D. Thomson[9] 116 New Bond St -

W. G. Daffarn[10] 4 North Villas
Camden Square
N. W.

Many names occur to me who are mutually known and doubtless already communicated with -

Yours faithfully

David Law

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1.  David Law
David Law (1831-1901), RBA treasurer, painter and etcher [more].

2.  William Christian Symons
William Christian Symons (1845-1911), painter and designer [more].

3.  Whistler Dinner
A dinner, to congratulate JW on being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Munich, was held at the Criterion in Piccadilly on 1 May 1889. It was organised by W. C. Symons. JW took an active part in promoting it and deciding who should or should not be invited.

4.  Dowdeswell
Charles William Dowdeswell (1832-1915), art dealer [more], and his sons Charles, and Walter.

5.  Ernest Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

6.  Buck
J. H. Buck, employee of the Goupil Gallery, London.

7.  A. H. Haig
Axel Hermann Haig (1835-1921), etcher [more].

8.  L. Smythe
Lionel Percy Smythe (1839-1918), painter, etcher and mezzotintist [more].

9.  D. Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

10.  W. G. Daffarn
William George Daffarn (1850-1919), artist [more].