[...] It is settled that the exhibition of the President's work takes place in March, therefore though we have plenty of time we must be up and doing.
I am sure we can and we certainly ought to make a superb success.
What I meant you to understand, is, that I intend to offer the copyright of the picture of the Lady Archibald Campbell to the trade for engraving, and that I came to you first that you might have the first chance, but if you do not think you would be likely to entertain the question, do let me know that I may propose it to the others.
Let me, while thanking you for your warm feeling, beseech you to do nothing of the kind. [...]
1. [December 1886?]
Dated by references to JW as President of the Society of British Artists, a post he took up in December 1886 and resigned in 1888.
4. picture of the Lady Archibald Campbell
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more]. She posed for Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).
The original letter has not been located. This extract was published in Maggs sale catalogue no. 525, London, 1929 (cat. no. 1922).