The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09517
Date: [16/18 May 1898][1]
Author: Francis Howard[2] and others
Place: [London]
Recipient: [International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: MsN[3]

No. 29928

Recd. 9 May 1898.

J. McNeill Whistler

Encloses a letter for the P. of W., asking HRH[4] to attend the opening of an International Exhibition in London of Sculpture, Painting and Engraving.

May 10th "The P of W desires me to say that, if he can manage it, he will gladly visit yr Exhibition on the opening Day. "Please therefore, as soon as it is settled, let me know the date you prefer the opening" — —

Memo to Mr. Taylor[5] - May 14. As the Daily Mail says that PW. visits the Exhibition on Monday next, Sir DP[6]. wrote to tell him that H. R. H. wd. not be x x able[7] to visit the Exhn, either on Monday or Tuesday next, but HRH hopes to do so later on in the Season


Mr Francis Howard[8]
International Gallery
([two illegible words] Club)

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1.  [16/18 May 1898]
Dated by the references to other correspondence (see below).

2.  Francis Howard
Francis Howard (1874-1954), painter, art critic and collector [more]. These notes were written in a variety of hands. The first section 'No. 29928 ... Engraving' is written in Howard's hand.

3.  MsN
Written on deep bordered mourning paper. Published in a sale catalogue, Christie's, London, 1987.

4.  HRH
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 at the Prince's Skating Rink, Knightsbridge. See JW's correspondence with Sir Dighton Macnaghten Probyn (1833-1924), Secretary to the Prince of Wales [more] (#05055, #05056, #09349, #09350, #09351). The extract for 10 May is from #05055.

5.  Mr. Taylor
Taylor, an employee of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. Works were being hung on 14 May.

6.  able
The rest of the sentence is written in the left margin, at right angles to the main text.

7.  DP
Sir Dighton Macnaghten Probyn (1833-1924), Secretary to the Prince of Wales [more]; see his letter, 15 May 1898, #05956.

8.  Mr Francis Howard
Howard's name and address is cross-written diagonally in the left margin.