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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899
Record 37 of 54

System Number: 09967
Date: [26 June 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: John Lavery[2]
Place: London
Repository: Tate Gallery Archives
Call Number: Lavery Collection, TGA 7245/278
Document Type: ALS[3]


Private[4]

My dear Lavery -

Now here is your occasion -

Read my official letter to the Committee, and then complain that this sort of "dont care a damn" manner of the Hon. Sec. is intolerable! -

That of late you yourself have done the work that it was his duty [p. 2] to attend to - and when now you were unable further to manage it Mr Howard[5] instead of showing his appreciation of your consideration and forbearance, offends both yourself and the Committee by this gross evidence of utter indifference to all good manner, and his complete contempt of all proper respect and courtesy towards the in the performance of his official duties -

You might add by the way that you are able to make out, in the unpardonable scrawl sent to the President, that the letter from Admiral Maxse[6] is mentioned and that the fact that it is to be answered noticed, but that the subject of the letter is not told to the President, as though he were not to be consulted in the matter at all! -

Always sincerely

[butterfly signature]

Write me a line and tell me all about it -

If Mr Howard is unwilling, somebody else should take his place[7].


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Envelope:

[registered letter:] Recommandée[8]

To
John Lavery. Esq
Vice President
5. Cromwell Place
London -
S W.
Angleterre
[stamp:] POSTE / 1F / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / 5E 26 / JUIN / 99
[postmark on verso:] REGISTERED / S. W. D. O. / 7.15. AM / JU 27 99


Notes:

1.  [26 June 1899]
Dated from the postmark.

2.  John Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more], Vice President of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. JW's 'official' letter was not read as it did not arrive in time (see Lavery's reply, #02349).

3.  ALS
The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  Private
Double underlined.

5.  Mr Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more].

6.  Admiral Maxse
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more]. Maxse was proprietor of the Prince's Rink Skating Club where the ISSPG held the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899.

7.  take his place
The remainder of the text ('letter from ... take his place') is written in the left and top margins, at right angles to the main text, on p. 2.

8.  Recommandée
Triple underlined.