System Number: 01044
Date: 24 March 1887
Recipient: Albert Edward, Prince of Wales
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E32
Document Type: ALcS
[circular crest with lion:] SBA
INCORPORATED SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS.
SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL EAST, S. W.
March 24. 1887
Your Royal Highness has, before now, shown such gracious kindness when upon more than one occasion I have ventured to make a request, that I am encouraged to ask you again a great favour -
The Society of British Artists - one of the oldest and most important in the Kingdom - have conferred upon me the highest distinction that lay within their power, by electing me their President - and upon the opening of their coming Exhibition, if you Sir [p. 2] would in a manner countenance their choice by coming yourself to their Galleries, and perchance inducing Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales to accompany you, I should indeed be grateful, and the honour would be complete -
Such a mark of Royal approval, while inaugurating so auspiciously the official career of their President, would be deeply felt by the Society - which I may add is an Incorporated Body holding a Charter granted to them by Her Majesty the Queen herself -
The Galleries will be opened on Saturday the 2nd of Arpril [sic] - May I hope Sir that Your Royal Highness will entertain my request and appoint any day after that date for your visit to the Exhibition -
I have Sir, the honor to be
Your Royal Highness'
Most humble and obedient Servant
J. McNeill: Whistler -
This is probably a copy of the original version of the letter, rather than a draft.
The crest is printed in red ink.
4. Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales
Alexandra Saxe-Coburg (1844-1925), H.R.H. The Princess of Wales [more]. They both visited 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887 (see W. D. Probyn to JW, 29 March 1887, #05052).