UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01755
Date: [June/October 1886][1]
Author: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G121
Document Type: PD/ALS[3]


THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS WILL, TO FURTHER THE OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY, SHORTLY HOLD A BALLOT[4] FOR CERTAIN WORKS CONTRIBUTED BY ABOUT EIGHTY OF ITS MEMBERS. THE TICKETS, AT A GUINEA, ARE OBTAINABLE FROM ANY MEMBER. A SPECIAL INTEREST IS ATTACHED TO THIS TOMBOLA FROM THE FACT THAT THE FIRST FIFTY SUBSCRIBERS OF FIVE GUINEAS, IN ADDITION TO THEIR FIVE CHANCES, WILL EACH RECEIVE A NEW ETCHING BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY, MR. WHISTLER. THIS ETCHING IS ONE OF MR. WHISTLER'S MOST BRILLIANT CREATIONS. IT REPRESENTS A GROUP OF OLD HOUSES AT CHELSEA, AND IS AN EXCELLENT ARRANGEMENT IN BLACK AND WHITE. [THE WOMAN IN THE DEEP SHADOW OF THE SHOP, AND THE CHILDREN IN THE SUNLIGHT THAT STRIKES ON THE THRESHOLD, CONSTITUTE PASSAGES OF WONDERFUL DELICACY IN THIS MASTER'S LATEST COMPOSITION.]

Dear James.

I'm ill in bed: but this shall go in - all except the last paragraph.

'The woman in the shadow of the shop,
The children gaily champing to chump-chop'

Write your own paragraphs, James:
they're better than Godwins.

E.


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Notes:

1.  [June/October 1886]
Dated from SBA lottery and Godwin's illness (see below).

2.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. Godwin died on 6 October 1886.

3.  PD/ALS
This note is written below a press-cutting from an unidentified source. The square brackets around the last sentence of the cutting were inserted by Godwin, who writes in purple ink.

4.  BALLOT
JW organised a lottery to raise funds for the Society in July 1886. The prospectus (#09363) ran: 'The first fifty Subscribers of £5. 5S. will receive an etching by Mr J. McN. Whistler (after which the plate will be destroyed), in addition to five chances in the Ballot. Tickets - one guinea each. To be obtained from any of the Members.' The etching was The Fish-Shop, Busy Chelsea (K.264).