My dear Sir Dighton -
I fear that my hand writing will represent to you ceaseless importunity! -
Still I am anxious to thank you for your letter, and to say that when the Prince does find the occasion [p. 2] to go to the Exhibition, you will let Mr. Bryant communicate directly with the Vice President,
Mr. John Lavery -
International Society of Sculptors, Painters & Gravers
And again with many thanks
Believe me dear Sir Dighton
Very Sincerely Yrs
J. McNeill Whistler
110. Rue du Bac.
[p. 3] '8 File 29928.
22 May 1898.
J. M. Whistler.
Mr Lavery to be communicated with when P.of W. can visit the Exhibition.'
Facsimile letter published in a sale catalogue, Christie's, 9 December 1987 (lot 388). Written on deep bordered mourning paper.
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more]. JW wished the Prince to open the Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, the first exhibition organised by the newly formed society. It opened at the Prince's Skating Rink, Knightsbridge in May 1898.
5. Mr. Bryant
Bryant, possibly an attendant on the Prince of Wales.
7. [p. 3]
Note '8 File 29928. ... Exhibition' is written in Probyn's hand.