[written by JW at top left:] 'Letter from the Secretary - confirming the Gold Medal for my etchings -
La Commission Directrice de l'exposition des beaux-arts à la Haÿe a l'honneur de vous faire parvenir la médaille que le Jury vous a decernée.
Veuillez agréer, Monsieur, l'assurance de ma consideration distinguée -
Au nom de la Commission
ce 12 Septembre 1863
Monsieur J. Whistler -
The Managing Committee of the exhibition of fine arts at the Hague has the honour to enclose the gold medal which the Jury has awarded to you.
In the name of the Committee
Mr. J. Whistler -
The letter was written by a secretary, signed by Vosmaer, and a note added at the top by JW.
3. Gold Medal for my etchings
JW's Thames etchings were awarded a gold medal at the Tentoonstelling van Kunstwerken van Levende Meesters, Hague School of Art, Princessegracht, 1863.
The etchings had a better reception in the Hague than in London, but as far as is known they were not actually rejected by the Royal Academy. However, JW's oil painting, Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38) was rejected for the 94th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1862.