The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11957
Date: 22 February 1867
Author: William Boxall and Louis Huth[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Burlington Fine Arts Club[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Call Number: National Art Library, PC12/6, 86. 22. 222
Document Type: ALS

No. 42

Feb: 22. 1867


James A. Whistler Es.

Address 2 Lindsay Row - Chelsea

Being desirous of becoming a Member[3] of the Burlington Fine Arts Club, we, the undersigned do, from our personal knowledge, recommend him for election.

Proposed by W. Boxall R A

Seconded by Marquis d'Azeglio[4] Louis Huth.

March 12th[5] Elected. R. N. Wornum[6] Honorary Secretary.

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1.  William Boxall and Louis Huth
William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more], and Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more].

2.  Burlington Fine Arts Club
The Burlington Fine Arts Club, a London club for professional artists, amateurs and collectors.

3.  Member
JW's membership would not last long. In April 1867, JW quarrelled with his brother-in-law Seymour Haden, over Haden's treatment of his late junior medical partner James Reeves Traer (ca 1834 - d.1867), partner in F. S. Haden's medical practice [more]. Haden later alleged that in the resulting confrontation, JW had pushed him through a plate glass window. Both JW and Haden were members of the Burlington Fine Arts Club and in the aftermath of the Traer affair Haden campaigned for JW's expulsion from the club, having brought to the attention of the Club alleged previous incidents of assault involving JW (#02240). JW was expelled on 18 December.

4.  Marquis d'Azeglio
Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more].

5.  March 12th
The Minutes of the Burlington Fine Arts Club read: 'March 12th 1867 / Present / Marquis D'Azeglio / Mr Morrison / Haden / Maskell / Wornum [...] The following gentlemen were ballotted [sic] for and elected / James A Whistler / E. G. Barr / P. P. Marshall / Walter Morrison / E. Baring / John [Balted or Balteel?] / Francis Garford / Mildull Henry / Thos. A Wyatt / Ed. Sartoris / M. S. W. Henderson' (V&A, NAL 86. KK. 11).

6.  R. N. Wornum
Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), history painter [more].