'Arrived May 28th 88'
[rectangular logo with crowned lion:] R. B. A.
THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS,
SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL,
April 18 1888
Dear Sir, -
I should be pleased, indeed, to receive from you a line, telling me that my works arrived safely, and without inconvenience, to the Gentlemen of the Committee, through delay.
I trust that you will find all details for the catalogue, clear and Satisfactory.
Kindly see that "President of the Royal Society of British Artists" be entered after my name in the catalogue, as it will be expected.
And, I have the honour to be,
Your obedient, humble servant,
J. McNeill. Whistler
Robert Koehler Esq
27 Gabelsberger St
1. Robert Koehler
Robert Koehler (1850-1917), painter and etcher [more]. This letter relates to the 3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888, which opened in July 1888. JW sent a large group of works - thirteen oils, twenty watercolours, seven pastels and thirty etchings. The oils included Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242) and Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129). He also sent Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101), which was awarded a second-class gold medal.
3. 'Arrived May 28th 88'
Written in another hand, in the top left corner.