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William T. Whitley, letters from artists on their submissions to the Royal Academy

RA Collection: Archive

Archive context

Showing item 66 of 72 in this group

Reference code

WTW

Title

William T. Whitley, letters from artists on their submissions to the Royal Academy

Date

1901-1914

Level

Fonds

Extent & medium

35 pieces

Previous reference codes

2036

Historical Background

Whitley was, at the time of the writing of these letters, establishing himself as a writer on art. He had yet to publish his major biography on Thomas Gainsborough, but was a regular contributor to art periodicals and the Morning Post.

Content Description

Art critics of this period commonly sought to gain early notice of the year's exhibits at the Royal Academy. It is obvious from these letters that Whitley wrote to many artists, in whom he had an interest, in order to discover particulars of their exhibits. Some provide illustrative comments on their works, others merely provide titles.

Provenance

Unknown prior to 1992.

Acquisition Details

Purchased 15 Dec 1992 from D.P. White.

Arrangement

Any original order is long gone. The letters have been arranged alphabetically by author.