Documents associated with: Memorial (Jubilee)
Record 18 of 58
System Number: 01836
Date: 29 July 1887
Recipient: Secretary of State for the Home Department
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G201
Document Type: MsLc
Suffolk Street, Pall Mall East. S. W
July 29 1887
As President of the Society of British Artists and in their name, I have the honour to thank you most sincerely for the kind and courteous terms in which you have conveyed to me Her Majesty's most gracious acceptance of the memorial laid before her by you; and the approbation which she has deigned to express of our efforts to make the memorial in form not altogether unworthy of the august occasion upon which it was presented, and of the sentiments of devoted loyalty it was intended to express.
I am now encouraged, Sir, to ask that Her Majesty will graciously accord to this Society founded under the auspices of Her Majesty's illustrious and ever to be remembered Consort, and now almost coeval with her happy and glorious reign, the honour and privelage [sic] of being henceforth and hereafter known and described as "The Royal Society of British Artists["].
Permit me therefore, through you, to lay this request most respectfully at the foot of the throne, and believe, Sir, that your consent to do this will be most gratefully and cordially appreciated by the loyal and devoted subjects of Her Majesty whom I have the honour to represent, and by
Your most obedient faithful servant
(signed) J. McNeill Whistler
President of the Society of British Artists
The Rt Hon Secretary of State
for the Home Department.
This copy was written by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more]. A draft of this letter by JW is on the verso of a letter from A. J. LePatourel to JW, 19 July 1887 (#05285).
6. The Royal Society of British Artists
The SBA was granted the royal assent to become the RBA.