The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887
Record 14 of 23

System Number: 02636
Date: [November 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Princess Louise Caroline Alberta[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L170
Document Type: ALdI

[circular crest with lion:] SBA



Madam -

May I hope that your Royal Highness will be may be persuaded to show your [Her?] kind interest in the progress of this Society - to whose success I have devoted my energy, and who have now by coming to our Private View[3] on Saturday next? and :

I have depended [upon] Lady Archie's[4] promise, days ago to intercede in our behalf, or I should have written myself at an earlier date -

It would be most gracious The Society itself [p. 2] would be most sensible[5] greatly touched by such of the graceful gracious courtesy that would [be] to them an impetus of success most precious at this moment of their [illegible] career - and I as their new President would would feel it a culminating act of kindness in your Royal Highness who have hitherto shown such me such continued indu[l]gence -

I need not say how flattered we should all be if Lord Lorne[6] with his many occupations were himself also to visit the Galleries -

I am Madam your most obedient & devoted servant


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1.  [1886 ?]
JW was elected President of the SBA on 1 June 1886 and took office in December. The winter exhibition was the first one directly controlled by him.

2.  Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), Marchioness of Lorne, sculptress [more].

3.  Private View
Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887.

4.  Lady Archie's
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

5.  most sensible
These words have been re-instated by means of a dotted underline.

6.  Lord Lorne
Sir John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell (1845-1914), Marquess of Lorne, husband of Princess Louise [more].