The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06014
Date: [12] January 1891[1]
Author: Glasgow Art Club[2]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: Corporation of Glasgow[3]
Place: Glasgow
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W11
Document Type: ALdc

Glasgow Art Club

Jan. 91.

Copy of Draft[4]

To the Picture Purchase Committee of the Corporation of Glasgow.

Dear Sirs

We the undersigned artists of Glasgow being deeply interested in your scheme for the purchase of pictures on behalf of the corporation of this City beg to place before you for consideration the following suggestion viz. the desirability of purchasing for the town the celebrated portrait of Thomas Carlyle[5] by James Macneil [sic] 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 yours &c. &c.

[p. 2] 203 BATH STREET,

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1.  [12] January 1891
This was enclosed with a letter from Walton to JW on 12 January 1891 (#06013).

2.  Glasgow Art Club
Written in the hand of Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more].

3.  Corporation of Glasgow
The Corporation was bent on establishing an art collection to be housed in Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

4.  Copy of Draft
Cross-written diagonally across the upper left of the letter.

5.  Thomas Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). It was eventually purchased by the Corporation of Glasgow.