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System Number: 07085
Date: 17 May 1860
Author: William Louis Winans[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Thomas Winans[2]
Place: [Baltimore]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1074
Document Type: ALS


17th May 1860

Dear Tom

Enclosed is a strip from the Times[3] which speaks of Jim Whistlers Picture The Friends[4] he has shown at an Exhibition[5] -

The Criticism of The Times Critique is perhaps as Correct as can be had & you will see that he Places Jim at the Head of the list in an Exhibition in which there are over a Thousand Paintings & by the Best Modern artists.

I have seen Jim's Picture & it strikes me as it Strikes everyone as being devlish [sic] good[.] I was at The Exhibition to day and [p. 2] watched for a long time the effect it had on Passers By, and with scar[ce]ly an exception, it was very [particularly?] remarked -

As Jim thinks of going to America to practice his Art before long, it might give him a lift there if some little notice was taken by some American Paper of the Criticism of The Times as enclosed; if you think it worth while & propper [sic], Latrobe[6] I am sure would be pleased to write a few lines for the American[7] giving Jim a Creditable notice -

Your affect Brother

W L Winans

[p. 3, printed monogram:] W L W

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1.  William Louis Winans
William Louis Winans (1823-before 1907), locomotive manufacturer and civil engineer [more].

2.  Thomas Winans
Thomas De Kay Winans (1820-1878), locomotive engineer and collector [more].

3.  Times
Probably the review 'Exhibition from the Royal Academy, Second Notice,' The Times, 17 May 1860, p. 11.

4.  The Friends
At the Piano (YMSM 24).

5.  Exhibition
The picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy Exhibition in May 1860.

6.  Latrobe
Probably John Hazlehurst Boneval Latrobe (1803-1891), lawyer, counsel for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad [more].

7.   American
Not identified.