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System Number: 13418
Date: 9 August 1887
Author: Godfrey Lushington[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Call Number: Archives of Art and Design, RBA Archive, AAD 1997/8/105
Document Type: MsLS


SECRETARY OF STATE
HOME DEPARTMENT

Whitehall

9 August 1887

B16763

Sir,

I am directed by the Secretary of State[2] to inform you that he has had the honour to lay before the Queen the request of the Society of British Artists to be allowed to use the word "Royal[3]" in connection with the title of the Society, and that Her Majesty was pleased to comply with the request & to command that the association in question shall be styled "The Royal Society of British Artists"

I am
sir,
your obedient servant,

Godfrey Lushington

The President of the
Royal Society of British Artists
Suffolk Street
Pall Mall


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Notes:

1.  Godfrey Lushington
Godfrey Lushington (1832-1907), lawyer, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Home Office from 1885-1895 [more]. There is another copy of this letter (#01840).

2.  Secretary of State
Rt Hon. Henry Matthews (1868-1874), QC, MP, Home Secretary [more].

3.  Royal
On the occasion of Queen Victoria's fiftieth Jubilee, JW, as President of the Society of British Artists sent an illuminated Address on behalf of the SBA (see M.1133-6). He then sent a Memorial to the Queen requesting that the Society be called 'Royal'. The SBA received a Royal Charter, thus becoming the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA).