System Number: 13418
Date: 9 August 1887
Author: Godfrey Lushington
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Call Number: Archives of Art and Design, RBA Archive, AAD 1997/8/105
Document Type: MsLS
SECRETARY OF STATE
9 August 1887
I am directed by the Secretary of State to inform you that he has had the honour to lay before the Queen the request of the Society of British Artists to be allowed to use the word "Royal" in connection with the title of the Society, and that Her Majesty was pleased to comply with the request & to command that the association in question shall be styled "The Royal Society of British Artists"
your obedient servant,
The President of the
Royal Society of British Artists
On the occasion of Queen Victoria's fiftieth Jubilee, JW, as President of the Society of British Artists sent an illuminated Address on behalf of the SBA (see M.1133-6). He then sent a Memorial to the Queen requesting that the Society be called 'Royal'. The SBA received a Royal Charter, thus becoming the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA).