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System Number: 00328
Date: 20 February 1885
Author: Joseph Edgar Böehm[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B104
Document Type: ALS

The night of The lecture
20. 2. 85

My dear Mac

Only one word of congratulation[.] I knew it would be a sucess[2][sic] ! but it surpassed my keenest expectation

"Das muß Epoche machen"[3] It was quite splendid - Lecture, delivery, [p. 2] Atitude [sic], Audience, time, every thing complete - -

You have to give it again[4] - & another & another

In haste

J E B.

[p. 3] All one could wish & would wish were there -

'"Ten O'clock"[5]

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1.  Joseph Edgar Böehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more].

2.  success
A reference to 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. A version of the text of the lecture may be found at #06791.

3.  Das muß Epoche machen
Ger., It will be a landmark.

4.  give it again
He repeated the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' a few weeks later at Cambridge on 24 March and Oxford on 30 April, and on several other occasions culminating in a performance at the Chelsea Arts Club in 1891.

5.  Ten O'clock ... Boehm
Written upside down on sheet in JW's hand.