The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02512
Date: [September 1886?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Frederick Leighton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L48
Document Type: ALd

Dear Leighton -

I trust that you will not forget that as You pointed out to me, you are "one of my flock" - Therefore Let me beg that this be not merely in name but that you will send me a proof of your interest and good will - Flatter us by letting us hang in the Society of British Artists upon the walls of our gallery a picture of yours this [autumn?] however small - that the Exhibition of the Society of British Artists[3] may recognizerejoice in the presence of by his work of their most distinguished member - and that the world at large may know feel that his connection with us is not a mere mockery -

I know that you are a busy man - and the duties of your own body house[4] exact from you your precious time - but as a result of your continued assiduity you produce much, and surely between now and November, can find the few hours that will give us the work that shall [p. 2] the paintings

We hope to see in the place of honour in Suffolk Street

the painting for which we reserve the place of honour -[5]

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1.  [September 1886?]
This dates from after JW's election as President of the Society of British Artists in June 1886, while he was planning the winter exhibition.

2.  Frederick Leighton
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more]. He replied, eventually, on 6 October 1886, #02513.

3.  Exhibition of the Society of British Artists
The Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887.

4.  house
The Royal Academy, of which Leighton was President.

5.  the painting for which we reserve the place of honour
Written in pencil.