System Number: 00497
Date: [10/15 December 1886]
Recipient: Joseph Edgar Boehm
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B280
Document Type: ALS/PD
Lieber Spuch -
I must come and see you and talk about this and other matters - Meanwhile send anything you wish to William Webb Esq. 11. Austin Friars. E. C.
Do get the Pall Mall Budget this week - and look at the
number Mr Whistler & the Times!
[p. 2] BY THE SUDDEN DEATH OF MR E. W. GODWIN, F. S. A., HIS WIDOW AND CHILD HAVE BEEN LEFT ENTIRELY UNPROVIDED FOR. IT IS PROPOSED THAT THERE SHOULD BE SOME RECOGNITION OF MR GODWIN'S GREAT SERVICES TO ART IN ENGLAND, AND THAT IT SHOULD TAKE THE FORM OF A LOAN FUND FOR ADVANCE TO MRS. GODWIN, TO ENABLE HER TO TAKE AN ASSURED POSITION AS AN ARTIST.
MRS. GODWIN IS A DAUGHTER OF THE LATE JOHN BIRNIE PHILLIP [sic], THE EMINENT SCULPTOR. MANY PERSONS HAVE EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO JOIN IN SUCH A RECOGNITION.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE COMMITTEE:-
THE LADY ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL.
REV. A. W. BATSON.
REV. E. H. DYER.
E. J. POYNTER, R. A.
H. B. TREE.
J. M. WHISTLER.
R. C. WOODVILLE.
THOSE WHO DESIRE MAY SEND A CONTRIBUTION TO ANY OF THE COMMITTEE, OR TO
THE HONORARY SECRETARY AND TREASURER,
W. WEBB, 11, AUSTIN FRIARS, E. C.,
WHO WILL ALSO BE OBLIGED BY A COMMUNICATION FROM ANYBODY HAVING AND BEING WILLING TO MAKE THE GIFT OF A SUITABLE SCHOOL PRESENTATION FOR THE LITTLE BOY.
1. [10/15 December 1886]
Dated from reference to newspaper article (see below).
3. Lieber Spuch
Ger., Dear 'Spuch'; this was JW's affectionate way of addressing Boehm.
9. HIS WIDOW
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. She did indeed retrain, spending some time studying in Paris, and learning to etch with JW. She painted and exhibited her portraits and flower studies and carried out miscellaneous design commissions.
12. THE LADY ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL.
As well as JW and those mentioned above, the committee consisted of Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more], Rev. Arthur Wellesley Batson (b. 1853), clergyman [more], Rev. E. H. Dyer, a friend of E. W. Godwin, Edward Maunde Thompson (1840-1929), mediaevalist [more], Dr John Todhunter (1839-1916), writer and paywright[more], Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917), actor-manager [more], Hermann Vezin (1829-1910), Shakespearian actor, teacher of elocution and dramatist [more], Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more], and Richard Caton Woodville (1856-1927), history painter [more].
13. REV. A. W. BATSON.
This and the next five names were printed on the left, the rest on the right.
14. R. C. WOODVILLE.
Beatrix Godwin had done some work for Woodville, probably researching costume for his history paintings, in the British Museum. (See exhibition catalouge, M. F. MacDonald, Beatrice Whistler, Hunterian Art Gallery, 1997).