The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1888
Record 2 of 3

System Number: 11252
Date: [3 July 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Pearl Mary Craigie[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]


['JW regrets that he could not accept Mrs Craigie's invitation']

Of course you will not go to the private View of the Royal Society of British Artists[4] as I shall not be there to receive you. [...]

[J. McN. Whistler]

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1.  [3 July 1888?]
Dated '3rd July, 1886' in publication (see below). This is incorrect, since the Society of British Artists did not become 'Royal' until the autumn of 1887, and JW resigned as President of the RBA on 4 June 1888. As a result he did not preside over the opening of the summer exhibition in 1888. The likely date of this letter is therefore 3 July 1888.

2.  Pearl Mary Craigie
Pearl Mary Craigie (1867-1906), née Richards, novelist [more].

3.  PLc
Partial text from sale catalogue, Maggs, London, cat. 497, 1927, lot 2629, described as 'Autograph letter signed [...] 2 pp., ob. 8vo.' The original letter has not been located.

4.   Royal Society of British Artists
Summer Exhibition, RBA, London, 1888.