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System Number: 07075
Date: 6 March 1885
Author: Henry Francis Wilson[1]
Place: Cambridge
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1064
Document Type: ALS

Trinity College

Mar 6. 1885

Dear Sir

I write (as Vice-President of the Fine Art Society) to ask that I may have the pleasure of your company in my rooms after your lecture[2] next Wednesday, when I am expecting several of our members: who would be very glad of an opportunity of meeting you more privately.

[p. 2] I am pleased to be able to tell you that the tickets for your lecture are being eagerly sought after, and that there is every prospect of you having a large audience. You will find the Theatre, which has been kindly lent us for the occasion by its owner, the Mayor of Cambridge, a capital place to speak in. As Professor Colvin[3] will have told you, the admission is free.

I remain, yours faithfully

H. F. Wilson.

P S.
We have advertised it as desired as your 'Ten o'clock'.

[p. 3][4] 'Cambridge
Ten O'clock'

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1.  Henry Francis Wilson
Henry Francis Wilson (1859-1937), barrister and colonial secretary, South Africa [more]. See also Wilson's letter of 8 March, #07076, which describes the event in more detail.

2.  lecture
A reference to JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas. He first delivered the lecture in London on 20 February 1885. He would repeat it before the University Fine Art Society at the Theatre Royal, Cambridge on 11 March (see printed invitation, #12590). A version of the text of the lecture may be found at #06791.

3.  Professor Colvin
Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), Keeper of Prints and Drawings, British Museum [more]. Colvin was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge in 1885.

4.  [p. 3]
The writing on this page is written in pencil in JW's hand.