System Number: 11957
Date: 22 February 1867
Author: William Boxall and Louis Huth
Recipient: Burlington Fine Arts Club
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Call Number: National Art Library, PC12/6, 86. 22. 222
Document Type: ALS
Feb: 22. 1867
James A. Whistler Es.
Address 2 Lindsay Row - Chelsea
Being desirous of becoming a Member of the Burlington Fine Arts Club, we, the undersigned do, from our personal knowledge, recommend him for election.
Proposed by W. Boxall R A
Marquis d'Azeglio Louis Huth.
2. Burlington Fine Arts Club
The Burlington Fine Arts Club, a London club for professional artists, amateurs and collectors.
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.
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).