System Number: 03987
Date: 6 June 1892
Author: Mary Newton Mann
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M258
Document Type: ALS/PD
6 June 1892
My dear Sir
I take a very bold step, but I hope you will think me excusable.
I have taken in hand to raise 400 guineas by the sale of an album of sketches - & I fear that I won't succeed unless I get a few very important names - Will the Master deign to give me a few [p. 2] strokes from his magic pencil & then I will be safe?
I take the liberty of sending you by same post, a booklet - newly published - the joint production of my son & myself. It takes only one hour to read & tho' the Scotch may puzzle you, even tho' you be a McNeill, I hope it will amuse you, sometime [p. 3] perhaps when travelling.
Should you not see your way to grant my request, you will not I can assure you make another "enemy".
Mary N. Mann.
John McNeill Whistler Eqre
[p. 4] QUEEN MARGARET COLLEGE, GLASGOW,
ALBUM OF SKETCHES.
IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO FORM AN ALBUM OF WATER COLOUR AND BLACK & WHITE SKETCHES IN AID OF THE SCHEME FOR THE ENDOWMENT OF QUEEN MARGARET COLLEGE.
THE COMMITTEE WILL ESTEEM IT A VERY GREAT FAVOUR IF YOU WILL CONTRIBUTE A SKETCH, AND LET ME KNOW AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE, THAT I MAY ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY PROMISED THEIR HELP.
THE MAXIMUM SIZE OF DRAWINGS IS 7" x 5"; AND THE MEDIUM, WATERCOLOUR, BLACK AND WHITE WASH, OR PEN AND INK.
THE DRAWINGS SHOULD REACH ME NOT LATER THAN 15TH JULY.
I AM, DEAR SIR,
MARY NEWTON MANN,
CONVENER OF ALBUM COMMITTEE.
QUEENSLEA, LANGSIDE, GLASGOW,
[p. 5] LIST OF THE ARTISTS WHO HAVE ALREADY PROMISED THEIR ASSISTANCE.
[left column:] JAMES A. AITKEN, ESQ., R. S. W.
A. K. BROWN, ESQ., A. R. S. A.
DAVID FULTON, ESQ.
ALEX. FREW, ESQ.
DAVID GAULD, ESQ.
WILLIAM GILLIES, ESQ.
JAMES GUTHRIE, ESQ., R. S. A. R. S. W.
HERMISTON HAIG, ESQ.
JOSEPH HENDERSON, ESQ., R. S. W.
J. MORRIS HENDERSON, ESQ.
JOHN HENDERSON, ESQ.
TOM HUNT, ESQ., R. S. W.
ARCHIBALD KAY, ESQ.
JOHN LAVERY, ESQ., A. R. S. A.
[right column:] JOHN LAWSON, ESQ.
ALEX. McBRIDE, ESQ., R. S. W.
DUNCAN McKELLAR, ESQ.
HARRINGTON MANN, ESQ.
T. CORSAN MORTON, ESQ.
FRANCIS NEWBERY, ESQ.
JAMES PATERSON, ESQ., R. S. W.
GEORGE PIRIE, ESQ.
R. M. STEVENSON, ESQ.
HARRY SPENCE, ESQ.
GROSVENOR THOMAS, ESQ.
E. A. WALTON, ESQ., A. R. S. A. R. S. W.
2. album of sketches
Mann may possibly have been hoping to raise money for the recently founded women's medical school, part of Queen Margaret College, a women's college which became part of the University of Glasgow in 1895 (Begg, T., The Excellent Women: the Origins and History of Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh 1994). See also other correspondence between M. N. Mann and JW, #03988, #08084, #09305).
Mann, son of M. N. and H. Mann, possibly a writer.
The list includes James Alfred Aitken (1846-1897), landscape artist [more]; Alexander Kellock Brown (1849-1922), artist [more]; David Fulton (1848-1930), painter and engraver [more]; Alexander Frew (ca 1863 - d.1908), landscape and marine painter [more]; David Gauld (1865-1936), draughtsman [more]; William Gillies, artist [more]; James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more]; J. Hermiston Haig (fl. 1892-1908), landscape painter [more]; Joseph Henderson (1832-1908), painter [more]; Joseph Morris Henderson (1863-1936), artist [more]; Joseph Morris Henderson (1863-1936), artist [more]; Thomas ('Tom') Hunt (1854-1929), genre painter and watercolourist [more]; Archibald Kay (1860-1935), landscape painter [more]; John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more]; John Lawson (1868-1909), landscape painter [more]; Alexander MacBride (1859-1955), watercolour painter [more]; Duncan Mackellar (1849-1908), figure painter and watercolourist [more]; Harrington Mann (1864-1937), artist [more]; Thomas Corsan Morton (1859-1928), landscape painter [more]; Francis Henry Newbery (1855-1946), painter, Director of Glasgow School of Art [more]; James Paterson (1854-1932), painter [more]; Sir George Pirie (1867-1946), painter of figures, animals and farmyard scenes [more]; Emma Alice Henriette Ronner (1821-1909), née Knip, painter [more]; Robert Macaulay Stevenson (1860-1952), painter and art critic [more]; Harry Spence (1860-1928), landscape painter [more]; George Grosvenor Thomas (1856-1923), landscape painter and watercolourist [more]; Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more]; and Mrs Walton, probably a relation of the artist E. A. Walton or Professor John Walton.