The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09064
Date: [24 September 1891][1]
Author: Charles Dyall[2]
Place: [Liverpool]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: National Museums Liverpool (The Walker)
Call Number: Walker Art Gallery, Letters Out, January-October 1891, no. 965.
Document Type: MsLc

Dear Mr Whistler,

I duly received your telegram giving the price of your "Fur Jacket[3]".

The photographers will send you six copies of the hanging group[4] on Monday, they cannot process them sooner.

The Exhibition[5] continues to flourish. 74 pictures have been sold, the catalogue prices of which amount to £2764. Admissions monies about £200, [two illegible words] of last year [two illegible words].

Most truly yours,

Charles Dyall.

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1.  [24 September 1891]
Dated in letterbook. This letter is a handwritten copy in a letterbook.

2.  Charles Dyall
Charles Dyall (b. ca 1831), Curator at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool [more].

3.  Fur Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

4.  hanging group
The photographs in question were of the Hanging Committee, taken in Room I, with the main picture visible on the line behind them being J. Finnie, Pastures Green and Quiet Waters (z254) (cat. no. 180, price £250. 0. 0.).

5.  Exhibition
21st Autumn Exhibition of Pictures, Corporation of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 1891. The Arts Committee's choice accounted for substantially over £1000. The oil paintings purchased were M. Greiffenhagen, An Idyll (z254) (cat. no. 902) for £150; H. Marks, The Select Committee (z256) (cat. no. 53) for £300; and J. Macgregor, In the Reign of Terror (z257). The Committee also bought two water colours, A. Melville, Ronda Fair (z258) (cat. no. 544) for £100, and G. Cockram, There is a Rapture on the Lovely Shore (z259) and two sculptures, the bronze by E. O. Ford, Peace (z260) (cat. no. 157) for £525, and a terra-cotta bust by E. E. Geflowskie, Emanuel Edward Edwin Waugh (The Lancashire Poet) (z261). The total of the sales reached £7603.2.0, up some ten percent from the previous year's £6943.1.6, although the number of works sold, 159 out of 1281 works exhibited, was slightly down on the total of 188, out of 1307 exhibited, for the previous year. Other figures showed a gratifying increase as well: total receipts, exclusive of sales, came to £138.15.6, compared with £3286.7.7 the year before; and the 1890 admissions figure of 64,717 was far surpassed by the 1891 total of 90,594. (Thirty-Ninth Annual Report of the Committee for the Free Public Library, Museum and Walker Art Gallery, of the City of Liverpool, for the year ending 31st December 1891, Liverpool, 1892, pp. 27-28; see also Walker Art Gallery, Letters Out, 1891, [2], nos. 1-4, for letters to A. Melville, E. Onslow Ford, H. Stacy Marks and M. Greiffenhagen).