System Number: 02636
Date: [November 1886?]
Recipient: Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L170
Document Type: ALdI
[circular crest with lion:] SBA
INCORPORATED SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS.
SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL EAST, S. W.
May I hope that your Royal Highness
will be may be persuaded to show your [ Her?] kind interest in the progress of this Society - to whose success I have devoted my energy, and who have now by coming to our Private View on Saturday next? and :
I have depended [upon] Lady Archie's promise, days ago to intercede in our behalf, or I should have written myself at an earlier date -
It would be most gracious The Society itself [p. 2] would be most sensible greatly touched by such of the graceful gracious courtesy that would [be] to them an impetus of success most precious at this moment of their [ illegible] career - and I as their new President would would feel it a culminating act of kindness in your Royal Highness who have hitherto shown such me such continued indu[l]gence -
I need not say how flattered we should all be if Lord Lorne with his many occupations were himself also to visit the Galleries -
I am Madam your most obedient & devoted servant
1. [1886 ?]
JW was elected President of the SBA on 1 June 1886 and took office in December. The winter exhibition was the first one directly controlled by him.
3. Private View
Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887.
5. most sensible
These words have been re-instated by means of a dotted underline.