|Size:||140 x 220 mm|
|No. of States:||1|
|Catalogues:||K.-; M.-; T.-; W.-|
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'Emanuel Hospital' (1892, Whistler). 7
7: Whistler to W. Heinemann, [October 1892], GUW #10789.
An article in the Times on plans for the area was followed by extensive correspondence objecting to the destruction of the building - which had attractive Queen Anne architectural details, and a central narrow tower - and the two acres of garden. 9 For instance, the Earl of Carlisle wrote that 'the appreciation of this old building is by no means limited to painters and antiquarians, but is felt by the poor who live near it.' 10
The 'Purchasers Architect' described the buildings as dark, insanitary and impractical for the purpose, though having 'archaeological interest' and some attractive architectural details, particularly 'an excellent cornice ... supported by beautifully carved trusses.' 11
The case was taken to the High Court, but eventually the land was sold and the money used for charitable purposes more or less in line with the original intention of Lady Dacre. 12 A plaque on the wall of the St James's Court Hotel in Westminster marks the original site.
Nathaniel Sparks (1880-1956), who printed Whistler's copper plate in 1931, thought it was the Charterhouse, but it definitely represented Emanuel Hospital. 13 Sparks drew two sketches of it (one is reproduced below).
Nathaniel Sparks after Whistler, pencil, 1931, whereabouts unknown. 14
There are other images that confirm the identity of the site, including an earlier watercolour by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd (1850), 15 and an 1880s photograph of Emanuel Hospital, Westminster by Henry Dixon (1820-1892). 16
8: Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850.
9: 'Emanuel Hospital, Westminster', Times (London), 6 January 1890, p. 3.
10: Letter dated 28 August 1892, Times (London), 30 August 1892, p. 6.
11: Times (London), 5 September 1892, p. 6.
12: 'High Court of Justice', Times (London), 16 June 1892, p. 7.
13: Note dated 18 June 1931, M. Hopkinson, 'Nathaniel Sparks's Printing of Whistler's Etchings', Print Quarterly, 1999, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 340, 345, 349.
15: British Museum, 1880.1113.2477 ; http://www.britishmuseum.org (accessed 2012). See also Emanuel School Alumni website at http://www.emanuelalumni.org.uk (accessed 2012).
16: British Library (006ZZZ0TAB700B3U00113000 ; Tab.700.b.3) on http://www.europeana.eu.