Documents associated with: Pre-Raphaelite
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System Number: 08085
Date: [June/December 1876]
Recipient: Justin Huntly McCarthy
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/19/1
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr MacCarthy -
Will you kindly send me the number of the 'Galaxy' in which there appears an article by your Father upon the "Pre Raphaelites" - among whom I find myself? - I shall be greatly obliged to you and will [p. 2] return it in a day or two -
Very sincerely yours
J A McN Whistler
2 Lindsey Row -
1. [June/December 1876]
Dated from address and Galaxy magazine article (see note below).
The Galaxy, New York, a monthly magazine which ran from May 1866 - January 1878. It then merged with Atlantic Monthly. Its contributors included Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), pseudonym 'Mark Twain', writer [more], and Henry James (1843-1916), writer [more].
See McCarthy, Justin, 'The PreRaphaelites in England,' Galaxy, vol. 21, no. 6, June 1876, pp. 726-32, pp. 726-32.
Justin McCarthy (1830-1912), MP, journalist, novelist and historian [more]. According to Mott, Frank Luther, A History of American Magazines, 5 vols, Cambridge, (MA), 1938, vol. 3, p. 369, McCarthy spent three years in America and became a contributor to the Galaxy, the New York Times and other papers. As Mott notes: 'McCarthy was represented almost constantly in the Galaxy's pages from 1869 onward' (op. cit.).
6. find myself
The references to JW are on pp. 726 and 732 (see reference above). He recorded his disapproval at being categorised as a PreRaphaelite in a press-cutting book. In the margin beside the press-cutting he wrote: 'Whistler is not and never was a PreRaphaelite! - on the contrary the type of [... sentence breaks off].' See Glasgow University Library, Whistler PC 1, p. 1.