[embossed:] CHELSEA ARTS CLUB,
181, KING'S ROAD,
My dear Mr Whistler
Puvis de Chavannes has just telegraphed his acceptance.
Gilbert however withdrew at this evening's Council Meeting. Pressure has undoubtedly been brought to bear on him from Academical sources, and the unanimity of the Press in hailing us as a new and better Academy has frightened him.
[p. 2] However — — !
I will write you again shortly: I wish you were here!
Yours very sincerely
1. [11 February 1898?]
Dated from the references to A. Gilbert and Puvis de Chavannes (see below), and by the almanac.
Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934), sculptor [more] chaired the first meetings of the ISSPG (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 2, p. 217) but there were questions over his position as Royal Academician. JW was elected Chair at the fourth meeting on 16 February 1898.