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1883 Minutes of the New York Etching Club

Module by: Stephen Fredericks. E-mail the authorEdited By: Frederick Moody, Ben Allen

Summary: Minutes of the New York Etching Club's seventh year.

Minutes of the New York Etching Club -- buy from Rice University Press.

1883 Events

  • The New York Etching Club held its annual exhibition in January at the National Academy of Design and published an accompanying catalogue illustrated with original etchings and including a preface by Dr. Seymour Haden.
  • The Philadelphia Etching Club’s first exhibition opened December 27, 1882, and remained open through February 3, 1883. The show featured over one thousand etchings, approximately one-third of which were by American artists. Seymour Haden delivered two lectures and the club published two versions of their catalogue for the show. The deluxe version of the catalogue included eight original etchings.
  • In the March 1883 exhibition of the London-based Society of Painter-Etchers, only Charles Adams Platt and Joseph Sabin of the New York Etching Club showed etchings.
  • The Boston Etching Club held its first official exhibition, which included some forty plates.
Figure 1: Photocopy of original handwritten New York Etching Club minutes entry dated February 16, 1883. (Archives of the National Academy of Design.)
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February 16th 1883

The regular meeting of the club was held at this date in the Secretary’s Studio having been postponed one week by the Executive Cttee

The meeting was called to order by the President at half past eight with Messers Chase, Church, Dielman, Eno, Farrer, Gifford, Nicoll, Sabin, & Wood present.

Action upon delinquent members was taken in accordance with Art II Sec 6. of the Constitution with the following result. – viz Messers Dielman, Eno, Sartain, Geo. H. Smillie, Jas. D. Smillie and Weir were excused.

Messers Abbey, Tiffany and Vanderhoof dropped from membership.1

Mr. Saml Colman transferred to Non-resident membership.

No further business being presented the meeting adjourned.

After adjournment an informal reception by the members was given to Mr. Hubert Herkomer of London.

J. C. Nicoll

Secty

Approved April 13th 51 West 10th St.

Figure 2: 1883 American Water Color Society exhibition catalogue interior cover page. (Private collection.)
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Figure 3: Photocopy of original handwritten New York Etching Club minutes entry dated April 13th 1883. (Archives of the National Academy of Design.)
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April 13th 1883

The Annual Meeting was held at this date with seven members present viz – Messers Baldwin, Church, Dielman, Farrer, Thos. Moran, Nicoll, & J. D. Smillie.

The minutes of the meeting held on Feby. 16th were read and approved.

The Treasurer’s report was read and approved.

The Salesmans report was read and approved.

The following officers were re-elected for the ensuing year viz –

Henry Farrer – President

J. C. Nicoll, Secretary & Treasurer.

Thos. Moran, F. S. Church, & F Dielman, Executive Cttee

Figure 4: Commercial advertisement from the 1883 American Water Color Society exhibition catalogue. Kimmel & Voigt printed many of the etchings incorporated in the New York Etching Club catalogues. (Private collection.)
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The letter from Mr. J. Alden Weir notifying the Club that he would be absent for a year or

more, was read and his name accordingly transferred to the list of Non-Resident Members.2

The letter from Mr. W. J. Arkell was read inviting the members to send etchings to the exhibition of the Mt Mc Gregor Art Gallery.3

The Secretary was directed to thank Mr. Arkell and assure him of the co-operation of members of the Club.

Figure 5: 868 Broadway, New York, NY, where H. Wunderlich's gallery was located in 1883, as it stands today. (Private collection.)
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The Secretary was directed to apply to the American Water Color Society for permission to exhibit in its Seventeenth Annual

Exhibition upon the same conditions as during the last two years.

The Executive Committee were directed to make arrangements for publishing an illustrated catalogue of the exhibition of 1884

similar to those previously issued by this Club.

The meeting adjourned without further action.

J. C. Nicoll

Secty.

Approved Dec 14/83

Figure 6: Hamilton Hamilton, Between Two Fires, 1883. (Williams Print Collection.)
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Figure 7: Photocopy of original handwritten New York Etching Club minutes entry dated April 13, 1883, continued. (Archives of the National Academy of Design.)
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Figure 8: Kruseman van Elten, The Deserted Mill, 1883. From Original Etchings by American Artists, published by Cassell and Company, Ltd. (Williams Print Collection.)
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May 11th 1883

Figure 9: Photocopy of original handwritten New York Etching Club minutes entry dated May 11, 1883. (Archives of the National Academy of Design.)
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A meeting of the Executive Committee was held at this date in the Secretary’s studio. It was called to order at 4.30 P. M. by the President with Messers Farrer, Nicoll, Dielman and Church present.

The following persons were selected to make plates for the next catalogue viz – Messers Dielman, Farrer, Nimmo Moran, Peter Moran, Sabin, J. D. Smillie Colman, and Mc Cutcheon.4

In case any of these should fail to make plates, Messers Parrish, van Elten and Yale were chosen as substitutes, to be selected in the order here named.5

It was decided that the Club should contribute to the Exposition Internationale des Arts Graphique’ at Vienna 1883, and the Secretary was directed to notify members and make all necessary arrangements.

J. C. Nicoll

Secty.

Figure 10: George H. Smillie, An Old Orchard, 1883. (Williams Print Collection.)
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Figure 11: Stephen G. McCutcheon’s etching in the 1884 New York Etching Club exhibition catalogue. (Private collection.)
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December 14th 1883

The Regular Meeting was held at this date in the Secretary’s studio, at 8 P.M.

It was called to order by the President with ten members present viz – Messers Baldwin, Church, Farrer, thos. Moran, Nicoll, Sabin,

J. D. Smillie, Van Elten, Shirlaw, Wood.

The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved.

The Secretary gave an informal report of his action in regard to the exhibition of the Society of Graphic Arts at Vienna.6

Mesers Shirlaw and Sabin were elected as Hanging Committee for the ensuing year.

Mr. Geo H. Galt was appointed to act as salesman at the next annual exhibition.

The following nominations were made

Messers Walter Saterlee, by J. C. Nicoll, & A. Landau (14 John St) by Van Elten, for resident members, and Mr. I. M.

Gaugengigl of Boston, by Nicoll as Non-Resident Member.

The resignation of Mr. J. Alden Weir was read and accepted.

It was decided to place the printing of etchings in the next catalogue in the hands of Messers Kimmel & Voigt.

Mr. J. D. Smillie gave an account of the negotiations he had had in behalf of members of the Club who had exhibited with the London Society of Painter Etchers

After some discussion upon the exhibitions of that Society it was Resolved – that it is advisable for members of this Club to send etchings to the next exhibition of the Society of Painter-Etchers, London.

Mr. Smillie was chosen as a Committee to assist in carrying out this resolution.

The meeting adjourned without further action at ten P.M.

J. C. Nicoll

Secty.

Approved Feby 15

Figure 12: J. A. S. Monks, Twilight, 1883. (Williams Print Collection.)
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Figure 13: Photocopy of original handwritten New York Etching Club minutes entry dated December 14, 1883. (Archives of the National Academy of Design.)
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Figure 14: Frederick Dielman, The Mora Players, 1883. (Williams Print Collection.)
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Figure 15: James C. Nicoll, Smugglers Landing Place, 1883. (Williams Print Collection.)
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Figure 16: Photocopy of original handwritten New York Etching Club minutes entry dated December 14, 1883, continued. (Archives of the National Academy of Design.)
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Figure 17: Commercial advertisement from the 1883 American Water Color Society exhibition catalogue. (Private collection.)
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Footnotes

  1. The names of Edwin A. Abbey, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Charles A.Vanderhoof were dropped from the Resident Membership lists after the 1883 catalogue was published. Charles A. Vanderhoof exhibited independently in the Club’s 1891 and 1892 exhibitions.
  2. J. Alden Weir’s name was dropped from the Members list but was never transferred to the Non-Resident Members list that appeared annually in the exhibition catalogues published by the club. His name reappeared on the Resident Members list for one year in 1893. Weir independently exhibited prints in Club annuals in 1886, 1891, and 1892.
  3. W. J. Arkell was once a vice president of the Saratoga, Mount McGregor and Lake George Railroad Company. In 1882, that company conceived, built, and opened a resort known as the Hotel Balmoral, at Mt. McGregor, in the vicinity of Saratoga Springs, New York. The hotel grounds included the free-standing Mt. McGregor Art Gallery in the proximity of Artist Lake. A record of an exhibition involving the New York Etching Club at Mt. McGregor Art Gallery has not been located.
  4. Stephen Parrish and Kruseman van Elten replaced Frederick Dielman and Joseph F. Sabin with etchings for the 1884 exhibition catalogue.
  5. The New York Etching Club’s 1884 catalogue was illustrated with eight etchings by Samuel Coleman, Henry Farrer, Mary Nimmo Moran, Peter Moran, Stephen G. McCutcheon, Stephen Parrish, James D. Smillie, and Kruseman van Elten.
  6. In Mary Schmidt’s Index to Nineteenth Century American Art Periodicals, 1999, there is a reference to a New York Herald article containing a list of New York Etching Club artists intending to exhibit at the planned Exposition in Vienna. Research into the referenced Exposition, though, even with Vienna-based assistance, uncovered no press or catalogue record of the event.

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