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Ninth year's minutes of the New York Etching Club

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1885 events

  • The New York Etching Club held its annual exhibition from February 2 through February 28 at the National Academy of Design and published a catalogue, illustrated with original etchings, to accompany and record the show.
  • Sylvester R. Koehler published two important new references: Etching ; and Etching: An Outline of its Technical Processes and its History .
Joseph Pennell, detail from A Temple Bar , 1885. (Williams Print Collection.)

February 13th 1885

The Regular Meeting was held at this date in the Secretary’s studio with Messers. Baldwin, Church, Farrer, Gifford, Thos. Moran, Nicoll, Satterlee, J. D. Smillie, and Wood, present.

The minutes of the meeting held December 12th 1884 were read and approved.

Mr. Hamilton Hamilton was elected Resident Member.

Mr. Alexander Schilling was elected Non-Resident member.

The name of Mr. John H. Millspaugh was acted upon but failed in securing the votes necessary to election.

Mr. W. He. Shelton was proposed for Resident Member by Mr. Thos. Moran

The proposal of Mr. L. F. Conkey to take a collection of etchings by members to sell in other cities was informally discussed and the Secretary authorized to write a letter recognizing Mr. Conkey as agent for sale of works by members of the Club under arrangements made with them.

The proposed exhibition of the Association of Canadian Etchers was discussed and it was considered advisable for members of the Club to send their works but no formal action was taken. The First Annual Exhibition of the Association of Canadian Etchers was held at the Galleries of the Ontario Society of Artists in Toronto, Canada, from March 21 through April 4, 1885. Members of the New York Etching Club exhibiting etchings were Frederick S. Church, J. M. Falconer, Henry Farrer, Peter Moran, James A. S. Monks, James Craig Nicoll, Stephen Parrish, Joseph Pennell, Charles A. Platt, Wiliam Sartain, James D. Smillie, Kruseman van Elten, and Thomas W. Wood.

The proposed exhibition of the Society of Painter-Etchers, London was also discussed and it was informally decided that it would be unwise for our members to contribute. New York Etching Club members J. M. Falconer and Joseph Pennell exhibited in the May 1885 exhibition of the Society of Painter-Etchers. Falconer showed two of his etchings and Pennell nineteen.

The meeting adjourned at half past nine oclock without further action.

J. C. Nicoll


Joseph Pennell, A Temple Bar , 1885. (Williams Print Collection.)

April 10th 1885

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

The meeting was called to order by the President with Messers Baldwin, Eno, Farrer, Hamilton, Nicoll, Sabin, Wood, and later Mr. Shirlaw present.

The minutes of the meeting held February 13th were read and approved.

The Secretary gave an informal statement of finances, cost of catalogues,&c.

It was decided that the present officers should hold over until the next election should be held.

It was considered advisable to publish an illustrated catalogue of the next exhibition, the Secretary having made application for space in the next exhibition of the Water Color Society, and the following artists were chosen to be invited to contribute plates, not to exceed

6 x 8 inches in size – viz: Messers Gifford, Hamilton, Platt, J. D. Smillie, Wood, Yale, Gaugengigl, Parrish&Schilling.

Messers Baldwin, Sabin, Colman, Robbins, and Pennell were named as substitutes in case any of those first selected could not contribute. The New York Etching Club’s 1886 catalogue was illustrated with eight etchings by Hamilton Hamilton, Stephen Parrish, Charles A. Platt, Joseph F. Sabin, Alexander Schilling, James D. Smillie, Thomas Waterman Wood, and Dr. Leroy M. Yale. A Joseph F. Sabin etching was substituted in the catalogue for one by either R. Swain Gifford or Ignatz M. Gaugengigl, as originally planned.

Mr. Thomas Hovenden was nominated for Non-resident member by Mr. Nicoll.

Upon motion by Mr. Baldwin seconded by Mr. Wood it was Resolved – That for the next annual exhibition it is considered advisable that some competent salesman be employed to have charge of the etchings exclusively.

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

J. C. Nicoll


Thomas Hovenden, The Wedding Ring , 1885. (Williams Print Collection.)
H.P. Share, Homeward Bound , 1885. (Williams Print Collection.)

December 11th 1885

The regular meeting was held at this date in the Secretary’s studio.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 820 P.M. with the following members present: viz- Messers Church, Dielman,

Farrer, Hamilton, Nicoll, Sabin, Smillie, Van Elten, Wood, and Yale&Schilling.

The minutes of the Annual Meeting were read and approved, and upon formal motion duly seconded and passed; all action taken at that meeting was approved.

The Secretary stated the balance in the treasury to be $99.32 and the probable cost of the next catalogue as $500.-

Upon separate motions duly seconded and passed the following members were excused from having failed to comply with the requirements of the constitution in regard to exhibiting and attending meetings, viz – Messers C. H. Miller, H. W. Robbins,&Frederick Dielman.

The resignation of William Sartain was accepted.

The resignation of Geo. H. Smillie was accepted.

W. H. Shelton, The Bugle Signal , 1885. (Williams Print Collection.)

Mr. W. H. Shelton was unanimously elected a Resident Member.

Mr. Thomas Hovenden was unanimously elected a Non-resident member.

The following gentlemen were proposed as Resident Members by Mr. F. S. Church

C. Y. Turner 35 W. 19th St.

W. St. J. Harper University Building

Frederick Freer University Building

After some informal discussion the meeting adjourned without further action

J. C. Nicoll


Approved Feby 12/86

T. C. Farrer, Landscape with Fisherman , 1885. (Williams Print Collection.)

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