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System Number: 02280
Date: 8 February 1898
Author: John Lavery[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I20
Document Type: ALS

[embossed:] CHELSEA ARTS CLUB,
S. W.

Feby 8" 98

Dear Mr Whistler

I have not written because there was nothing to write about the Knightsbridge show[2] -

At the meeting[3] last night - Gilbert [4]in [p. 2] the chair. We were brought to a stand still by being equally divided on the jury question

It is Gilbert's and Melville's[5] idea that no pictures should [p. 3] be submitted. While we are all agreed that very few should be shown some of us feel that it would be better to alow artist[s] who are not invited to submit their work. We think some of the names on the Committee sufficient attraction.

We have only £500 to cover carriage, insurance [p. 4] etc:

The admiral[6] seems quite willing to do his share and Howard[7] shows considerable staying power

If you would send your views to the Friday meeting it would get us out of our difficulty

Yours Sincerely

John Lavery

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1.  John Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more], vice-president of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Gravers.

2.  Knightsbridge show
Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898.

3.  meeting
A Council Meeting of the newly formed ISSPG took place on 7 February 1898 (see Council Minutes, #02277).

4.  Gilbert
Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor [more].

5.  Melville's
Arthur Melville (1855-1905), watercolour painter [more].

6.  admiral
Admiral Friedrich ('Frederick') Augustus Maxse (1833-1900), political writer [more]. Maxse was proprietor of the Prince's Rink Skating Club in Knightsbridge, venue for the first ISSPG exhibition.

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