System Number: 00540
Date: 21 January 1898
Author: John W. Beatty
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C41
Document Type: TLS
CARNEGIE ART GALLERIES
[design of galleries, easel and brushes]
JOHN CALDWELL, CHAIRMAN JOSEPH R. WOODWELL
WILLIAM H. FREW EDWARD M. BIGELOW
WM. McCONWAY SAMUEL D. WARMCASTLE
DAVID T. WATSON A. BRYAN WALL
PITTSBURGH, U. S. A.
Jany. 21. 1898.
Mr. James McNeill Whistler,
8 Fitzroy St., Fitzroy Sq., London.
Dear Mr. Whistler:-
The second annual exhibition in the Galleries, connected with the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, was opened on November 3rd. 1897 and was closed on January 3rd. 1898.
I am instructed to convey the sincere thanks of the Fine Arts Committee for the valuable service rendered by you, as a member of the Paris advisory committee, and to ask for your continued interest and co-operation in the important work undertaken by the Trustees.
The success of the exhibition was very great, and the standard of excellence, in the estimation of all of the many eminent artists and connoisseurs who visited the galleries, unusually high. A reference to the catalogue, a copy of which has been sent you, will show that 243 works were accepted and hung, 130 of these being contributed by American painters and 113 coming from all other schools.
The awards of the jury were as follows:
Medal of the first class, J. J. Shannon, London, England
Medal of the second class, Fritz Thaulow, Paris, France
Medal of the third class, J. Alden Wier, New York
Honorable Mention, Wilton Lockwood, Boston
Honorable Mention, Louis Paul Dessar, Etaples, France
[p. 2] The gentlemen composing the Fine Arts Committee are greatly desirous of administering the trust placed in their hands in a broad, sincere and earnest manner, keeping constantly in sight the best interests of art in general, and are of opinion that one of the safest guides is the consensus of opinion of those who have achieved prominence among the active workers in the profession.
They believe that your experience and the many opportunities you have had to observe the operation of various plans, adopted for the prosecution of work in this field, will enable you to give wise counsel for the future. We assure you that any suggestion you may make, looking to the preparation of more perfect plans for the exhibition of this year, will be gratefully received and earnestly considered. The suggestion of several thoughts may assist us in securing your advice, and you in giving it.
In your opinion, should awards be made to painters who have sold or otherwise parted with the works exhibited?
Should pictures completed prior to a date three years before the opening of the exhibition be eligible for honors?
Do you favor the awarding of money prizes?
The jury, as now constituted, consists of the Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee, eight Americans and two Europeans. In your opinion, is this distribution a proper one?
Can you suggest any broader or better way for the creation of a jury than election by the contributors to the exhibitions?
The conditions and rules published in the enclosed pamphlet will doubtless furnish the basis for such advice as you may be willing and find time to give.
John W. Beatty.