The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12966
Date: [13 December 1867][1]
Author: William Michael Rossetti[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Rodolph Nicholson Wornum[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Call Number: National Art Library, PC12/6 MSL/1952/1353/2/6/8
Document Type: ADS

1. The Club[4] considers that the alleged private differences between Mr Haden[5] & Mr Whistler, stated to have arisen in France, & on matters which in no way affect the Club, nor the position of either of those gentlemen as members of the Club, do not constitute a proper subject for the Club to adjudicate upon in any manner.

2. The Club further considers that, even if the above had been a proper subject for its adjudication, the original step taken by the Committee - in calling upon Mr Whistler to resign on pain of contingent expulsion, instead of inviting any preliminary explanation from him - was erroneous & inadmissible.

3. That Mr Whistler, having been thus dealt with, cannot now be amenable to any censure from the Club if he declines to furnish such explanation, & thereby to condone the error committed by the Committee to his detriment.

4. The Club is consequently without any materials to pronounce upon. It has only heard the complainant, & not the defendant, in the merits of the case. The Club therefore does not think it incumbent upon itself to take any further steps with regard to Mr Whistler, at the same time that it abstains from expressing any opinion affecting Mr Haden.

William Rossetti

not seconded

Dante Rossetti[6]

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1.  [13 December 1867]
Dated from reference to Burlington Fine Arts Club. This note was submitted to a meeting of the club which took place on 13 December 1867 to discuss the proposed expulsion of JW.

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

3.  Rodolph Nicholson Wornum
Ralph Nicholson Wornum (1812-1877), history painter [more].

4.  Club
The Burlington Club was a club for artists and connoisseurs. It was founded in c. June 1866 and located at 177 Piccadilly. 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).

5.  Mr Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more].

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