The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12960
Date: [13 December 1867][1]
Author: Committee of the Burlington Fine Arts Club[2]
Place: London
Recipient: [none]
Place: London
Repository: Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Call Number: National Art Library, PC12/6 MSL/1952/1353/2/5/15
Document Type: AD

Special Meeting -
[W H?] in the chair
Present, [10 & 10?]
Notice of Meeting read -
Statement of Comtee read -
Correspondence of Comtee & Mr Whistler.

            Mr Whistler -
            D. G. Rossetti[3]
            Dr Hamilton[4]
Mr Whistler, read a private letter from Mr Rossetti
                  to Mr Wornum[5]
            Read Mr Wornum's answer

            Mr F. Piercy[6] - proposed an explanation
                        from Mr Whistler
            Mr Whistler -
              Mr Drake[7] proposed he should explain -
                Mr Hamilton[8]
                  Mr Wm Rossetti[9]
                          "      motion
                  Dante Rossetti, motion lost
              another amendment from Mr William Rossetti
                not seconded - Dante Rossetti
            Mr Tibbs[10], amendment
              seconded by Mr Scott[11] -

[p. 2]

[illegible word]
      19 for expulsion
        7 against erasing his name -

            proposed by Mr Smith[12]
                seconded by Mr Tibbs

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1.  [13 December 1867]
Dated from reference to Burlington Fine Arts Club.

2.  Burlington Fine Arts Club Committee
These notes are written in two different unidentified hands and concern JW's proposed expulsion from the club. The Burlington Club was a club for artists and connoisseurs, founded in c. June 1866. Its committee included Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more], Richard Fisher (d. 1890), Fellow and Curator of the Society of Painter-Etchers [more] and Vittorio Emanuelle Taparelli (1816-1890), Marquis D'Azeglio, Sardinian Ambassador and collector [more] (President).

3.  D. G. Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

4.  Dr Hamilton
Dr Edward Hamilton (1815 or 1816-1903), doctor of medicine and print collector [more].

5.  Mr Wornum
Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), history painter [more].

6.  Mr F. Piercy
Frederick Piercy (b. ca 1830), portrait painter [more].

7.  Mr Drake
Drake, an acquaintance of AMW.

8.  Mr Hamilton
Probably Archibald Hamilton, member of the Burlington Fine Arts Club from 1867 .

9.  Mr Wm Rossetti
William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), civil servant and critic [more].

10.  Mr Tibbs
Henry Virtue Tebbs (b. ca 1846), solicitor, proctor and notary [more].

11.  Mr Scott
Probably William Bell Scott (1811-1890), history painter and graver, and poet [more].

12.  Mr Smith
Probably George Smith, member of Burlington Fine Arts Club.