The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11849
Date: [24 July 1868][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/18
Document Type: ALS


2 Lindsey Row.
Chelsea -


My dear Rose -

I am going out to dine tomorrow a[t] 7; but would be in all day until then. If you were able to come to Chelsea I would have a talk[4] with you at any time it pleased you - I ought, I know, to go to you, rather than that you should be at the trouble of coming here - but Leyland[5] who is in town might be coming in to look at his picture[6] and I am rather uncertain about leaving it - While next [p. 3] week I am I believe going away for a few days trip on the Winans cigar boat[7] - The small one. -

If you were unable to meet me tomorrow could you write? Though I should much rather talk with you -

Ever yours

J. A. McN. Whistler

J. Anderson Rose Esq.

[p. 2] 'Whistler[8] 24 July 1868'

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1.  [24 July 1868]
Dated from J. A. Rose's inscription and day of the week.

2.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

3.  '18'
Written in another hand.

4.  talk
The talk would have concerned JW's long-running dispute with Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], and the Burlington Fine Arts Club, a club for artists and connoiseurs. In April 1867, JW quarrelled with Haden, over his treatment of James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Traer died on a trip to Paris, allegedly in a brothel and Haden arranged for Traer's burial with what JW and his brother William regarded as unseemly haste. Haden later claimed that in the resulting confrontation, JW had pushed him through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Club and in the aftermath of the Traer affair, Haden campaigned for JW to be excluded from the club, having brought to its attention several alleged previous incidents of assault involving JW (JW to L. Huth, #02240). JW was expelled at a general meeting of the Club on 13 December (see JW to W. Boxall, #00498). However, the sparring between the two sides continued. In January 1868, JW appealed to the President of the Club, the Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more] (see JW to Marquis D'Azeglio, #00448). Most recently, on 14 July, JW wrote to Haden (#01939) threatening to 'make known every where' the 'facts' of the case. Wrentmore & Son responded with a claim that JW's letter threatened 'the publication of a Libel' (see #07137). See also JW to J. A. Rose, #11850.

5.  Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

6.  picture
Perhaps The Three Girls (YMSM 88) or 'The Six Projects' (YMSM 82-87) (excat 11) which had been seen in JW's studio the day before by William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more]. See Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980, cat. 82-7.

7.  Winans cigar boat
Thomas De Kay Winans (1820-1878), locomotive engineer and collector [more]. The Winans family firm designed the 'Cigar Boat,' a radical innovation in marine engineering (at least four ships were built between 1858 and 1866). The design incorporated a streamlined spindle-shaped hull and the ship was driven by two steam engines. Two cigar boats were at one time berthed in England where they became the subject of much public curiosity. However, many thought the boats an extravagant folly.

8.  Whistler ... 1868
Written in the hand of J. A. Rose.