James Bolivar Manson Letter to Esther Pissarro 23 November 1911
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Nicola Moorby, ‘Her Indoors: Women Artists and Depictions of the Domestic Interior’, The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate 2011, http://www
Wendy Baron, Perfect Moderns: A History of the Camden Town Group, Aldershot and Vermont 2000, pp.44–5.
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I admire Miss White’s work & I am sorry it has been rejected by the N.E.A.C. especially as there are a lot of [end of p.1] bad pictures there.
Of course pictures ought to be judged on their own merits with absolutely no regard to the sex, personality etc of the painter.
Of course again I can promise nothing except that I will put this matter to Gore – to-morrow – in a favourable light.
It is difficult to make a woman a member off-hand especially as the time is so limited before the next exhibition.
But I see no reason why the Group [end of p.2] should not give Miss White a special invitation to exhibit without actually making her a member until the matter has been discussed at a meeting.
The N.E.A.C. have power to invite foreign artists to exhibit with them & I do think that the C.T.G. might do a lot of good by inviting some work which is rejected at other shows owing to the corruption of the present systems, favouritisms etc.
In fact, I should personally be in favour of printing a note in the catalogue to say that these [end of p.3] excellent pictures were rejected by the N.E.A.C. & so deliberately draw public attention to this fact. Humbug & insincerity of that description should be publicly pilloried.
Jean is better, I am glad to say. – tho’ [?worse] is still with us.
With kindest regards.
How to cite
James Bolivar Manson, Letter to Esther Pissarro, 23 November 1911, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www