The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02319
Date: [15/16 July 1898][1]
Author: Francis Howard[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Dunster]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I59
Document Type: ALS



Minutes of the 14th Council Meeting held Friday July 15 1898

Those present
Mr Lavery[3] (in the Chair)

The acting secretary made a report of the progress and financial condition up to date, and was authorized to place the matter of the undelivered insurance policies in the hands of the Companys Solicitors[8]

Current correspondence was dealt with

The Chairman read a complimentary Communication from the President to the Council respecting the successful organisation of the Exhibition, and a further communication, embodying the assumption [p. 2] that Mr Shannon[9] had resigned from the Royal Academy as a mark of sympathy with his associates on the International Council

The question of Mr Shannons possible resignation from the International Council was rather discussed at some length and opinion was pretty equally divided concerning the advisability of his taking such a step

(Note. The letter referred to had been read to Mr Shannon privately by the Chairman)

[p. 3] My dear Mr Whistler

I send you here everything of importance in the minutes

The Council resolved to rely on you, Lavery, and myself to supply a draft of what rules will be necessary to the Society, to lay before next meeting. Have you any to suggest?

I called at Garlants[10] when I heard you were here, and I telegraphed asking you to dine with Lavery and me but you had gone away

I dont think Shannon intends to resign and the Council is very divided about the wisdom or indeed necessity [p. 4] of forcing him to

The attendence is waning as is inevitable with the Season

I shall hope to hear from you

F. H.

l'assurance[11] de ma consideration la plus distinguée

F. H.

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1.  [15/16 July 1898]
Howard's note to JW was presumably written after the meeting of the Society on 15 July 1898.

2.  Francis Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more], Secretary of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. The first Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, was then taking place at the Prince's Rink, Knightsbridge.

3.  Mr Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more].

4.  Walton
Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922), painter [more].

5.  Lee
Thomas Stirling Lee (1856-1916), sculptor [more].

6.  Sauter
George Sauter (1866-1937), painter [more].

7.  Ludovici
Albert Ludovici, Jr (1852-1932), painter [more].

8.  Solicitors
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

9.  Mr Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more], became an ARA (Associate Member of the Royal Academy) in 1897. His continued membership of the ISSPG was in dispute.

10.  Garlants
Garlant's Hotel, Suffolk Street, London.

11.  l'assurance...distinguée
Fr., the assurance of my most distinguished regard. Written upside-down to the main text, in pencil at the foot of p. 4.