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1886 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 tenth year.

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

1886 Events

  • The New York Etching Club held its annual exhibition from February 1 through February 27 at the National Academy of Design, and published a catalogue, illustrated with original etchings, to accompany and record the exhibition.
  • In February, Marianne (Griswold) Rensselaer published her rewritten 1881 article about etching in America in The Century Magazine.
  • J. R. W. Hitchcock’s Etching in America (New York: White Stokes & Allen) was published. Each copy included an original etching pulled from the first plate etched by the New York Etching Club. (See Figure 2.)
  • The Art Review (New York: G. F. Kelly) began publishing as a monthly magazine featuring articles on etchers, artists, and art organizations. The magazine regularly used original etchings, engravings, and photogravures as illustrations, often printed in new colored inks that imparted an element of realism over the standard blacks.
  • American Etchings—A Collection of Twenty Original Etchings By Moran, Parrish, Ferris, Smillie and Others was published in Boston by Estes & Luriat.  Included in the collection were prints by Mary Nimmo Moran, Mrs. Eliza Greatorex, John James Mitchell, George Loring Brown, John M. Falconer, Otto Bacher, Kruseman van Elten, William Merritt Chase, S. A. Schoff, R. Swain Gifford, Stephen J. Ferris, Samuel Colman, Charles H. Miller, Anna Lea Merritt, James D. Smillie, Henry Farrer, Edmund Henry Garrett, Alfred Brennan, J. Henry Hill, and Albert F. Bellows. 
Figure 1: Edith Loring Getchell, Carmel Mission Before Restoration, 1885-86. (Williams Print Collection.)
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February 12th 1886

The Regular Meeting was held at this date in the Secretary’s Studio

The meeting was called to order by the President at 830 P. M. with Messers Church, Dielman, Farrer, Thos. Moran, Nicoll, Sabin, Schilling and Wood, present.

The minutes of the meeting held December 11th 1885 were read and approved.

The Secretary made a statement of the funds in the treasury $294.87 with bills payable $499.50

The following gentlemen were unanimously elected Resident Members, -viz Messers. C. Y. Turner, W. St John Harper, and Fredrick W. Freer.

Messers Smillie and Baldwin were appointed as Auditing Committee to examine the Secretary’s accounts before the Annual meeting.

No other business being presented the meeting adjourned.

J. C. Nicoll

Secty.

Approved Apr 9/86

April 9th 1886

The Annual Meeting was held at this date in the Secretary’s Studio.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 830 P. M. with Messers Church Farrer Gifford, M. Nimmo Moran, Thomas Moran, Miller, Nicoll, Schilling, Shelton & Wood present and later Messers Freer, Satterlee & Turner.

The minutes of the meeting held Feby 12th were read and approved.

The Secretary reported was read and approved

The Auditing Committee report was read and approved

Upon ballot the following officers were elected for the ensuing year – viz: -

For President - Henry Farrer

Secty. & Treas. J. C. Nicoll

Executive Committee - F. S. Church, Frederick Dielman, Thomas Moran

It being decided to issue the usual illustrated catalogue for the next exhibition the following members were chosen to contribute plates – Messers. Colman, Freer, Gifford, Hovenden, Miller, Robbins, Shelton and Turner.

The following were chosen as substitutes to the selected in place of any of the first named who might be unable to contribute in time, - viz: Messers Thomas Moran, M. Nimmo Moran, Harper Satterlee and Church.1

The meeting adjourned without further action at 930 P. M.

J. C. Nicoll

Secty.

Approved

Figure 2: James S. King, Young Anglers, 1886. (Williams Print Collection.)
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December 10th 1886

The Regular Meeting was held at this date in the Secrtary’s Studio.

The meeting was called to order by the President at half past eight P. M. with the following members present, - viz: Messers Baldwin

Church, Farrer, T. Moran, Nicoll, Sabin, Turner & Wood. Mr. Shelton came later.

The minutes of the Annual Meeting were read and approved.

The Secretary stated the balance in the treasury to be $184.10

The following gentlemen were proposed as Resident Members –

H. P. Share 6 E. 18th by W. H. Shelton

J. S. King by C. Y. Turner

It being moved and carried that the Hanging Committee be elected by acclamation Messers Freer and Shelton were unanimously Chosen.

Upon motion duly seconded and carried Mr. C. Y. Turner was appointed to act with the President and Secretary as a Committee to take charge of the next exhibition.

Upon motion duly seconded and carried the Exhibition Committee were authorized to appoint Mr. E Averill to have charge of sales at the next exhibition.

Upon motion duly seconded and carried the secretary was directed to present to Mr. Geo. H. Galt a bound volume of the catalogues

of the five annual exhibitions of the Club as a token of the feeling which the Club member entertain toward him.

Upon motion duly seconded and carried the secretary was directed to request each member to contribute to the portfolio of the Club representative selections of his etchings.

A motion to accept the plate made by Mr. Miller for the next catalogue was made and lost.

The Secretary was directed to especially notify such members as had failed to pay their annual dues of their delinquency.

After informal discussion of exhibition and other matters the meeting adjourned without further action.

J. C. Nicoll

Secty.

Approved Feby 11/87

Figure 3: Mary Nimmo Moran, Where Through the Willows Creaking Loud, Is Heard the Busy Mill, 1886. (Williams Print Collection.)
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Figure 4: Detail of artist’s remarqué from Mary Nimmo Moran’s Where Through the Willows Creaking Loud, Is Heard the Busy Mill, 1886. (Williams Print Collection.)
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Footnotes

  1. The New York Etching Club’s 1887 catalogue was illustrated with etchings by Samuel Colman, Frederick W. Freer, R. Swain Gifford, W. St. John Harper, James A.S. Monks, Thomas Moran, William H. Shelton, and Charles Yardley Turner. Etchings by substitutes W. St. John Harper, James A.S. Monks, and Thomas Moran were published instead of plates from Thomas Hovenden, Charles H. Miller, and H. W. Robbins in the 1887 exhibition catalogue, as originally planned. The following minutes from the December 10, 1886, meeting include a reference to the rejection of Miller’s plate.

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