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System Number: 05504
Date: 16 March 1898
Author: Henry Trueman Wood[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S149
Document Type: TLS


March 16th, 1898.

Dear Sir,

It has been suggested that the Centenary of the Invention of Lithography should be commemorated by holding a small exhibition of lithographic work, and that the Society of Arts, which was the first public body to recognise the invention in this country by the award of its Gold Medal to Senefelder[2] in 1819, would be the proper body to organise such an exhibition. The Council of the Society are quite willing to undertake this duty, if a sufficiently influential Committee will arrange to organise the exhibition, and if the exhibition is on such a scale that it can be held in the Society's rooms.

It appears to be certain that it was in 1798 that Senefelder made the experiments which resulted in the production of the first lithographic prints, for although he does not mention the date in the text of his "Course in Lithography," he gives the date in the frontispiece on the tablet at the top of the drawing. It may therefore be taken as certain that the present year is the Centenary of the Invention.

Might I ask whether you would be willing to (p. 2) assist in the celebration, and to act as one of the Committee? Should it be decided to hold the proposed exhibition, the month of June is suggested as a convenient date.

Yours faithfully,

H. T. Wood


[contd. on p. 1] J. A. M'Neill Whistler, Esq.,
110 Rue de Bac, Paris, France.

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1.  Henry Trueman Wood
Henry Trueman Wood (1845-1929), civil servant, author and journalist [more].

2.  Senefelder
Alois Senefelder (1771-1834), inventor [more]. JW contributed some lithographs to the Centenary Loan Exhibition of Lithographs at the South Kensington Museum (see A. J. R. Trendell to JW, #05521; see also #04581).