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System Number: 01177
Date: [20/28 February 1885][1]
Author: Ernest George Brown[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F109
Document Type: ALS

East Dulwich Grove
S. E.

Dear Mr Whistler,

Thank you very much indeed for the tickets[3]. It was very kind indeed of you to send one for my Wife[4] when they were so very scarce. She was delighted to go. I am quite ashamed of the little I was able to do in the way of getting rid of tickets[.] I know I could have done a great deal if I had not unfortunately [been] obliged to go away.

It was a triumphant success and I hear on all sides that people were quite surprised at the poetry and eloquence. You held them from the first word to the last. It was a great intellectual treat to me.

[p. 2] Mr Buck[5], of Goupils, and I want to know if you and Mr Sikert[6] [sic] would do us the honour of dining with us one evening this week at Verey's[7] in Regent St[.] We should be awfully delighted if you would spare us an evening any one will suit that you will appoint and we would meet at Mr Buck's at seven o'clock. Don't say no if you have an evening disengaged

Yours very truly

Ernest G. Brown.

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1.  [20/28 February 1885]
Dated from reference to JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture.'

2.  Ernest George Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].

3.  tickets
For JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas. He delivered the lecture for the first time on 20 February 1885 at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly. Brown's name is noted on the seating plan for the lecture hall (see #04985). A version of the text of the lecture may be found at #06791.

4.  my Wife
Elsie Brown (d. 1943), wife of E. G. Brown [more].

5.  Mr Buck
J. H. Buck, employee of the Goupil Gallery, London.

6.  Mr Sikert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

7.  Verey's
During the 1860's there was a Verey's restaurant in Regent's Street; it may still have been there in the 1880s.