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System Number: 05315
Date: 12 December 1887
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Horace Henry Cauty[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R211
Document Type: MsLdS[2]


THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF [lion insignia][3] BRITISH ARTISTS.

SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL, LONDON

Dec 12 1887

Dear Mr Secretary,

I beg formally to state that I thoroughly disapprove of the condition of things I came upon in the Galleries the other evening, (on the occasion of some gathering of amateur mechanics,) not only because of the gross impropriety of the species of Show going on in the midst of this Royal Society's Exhibition[4] - but also because of the risk of damage to the works on the walls, inseparable from such condition.

I shall bring the question before the Society [p. 2] at the next General Meeting, and meanwhile I protest against the letting of the rooms for dancing purposes. To do so, however, is I learn actually contemplated at this moment, notwithstanding my personal remonstrance with you upon the subject,

And, I am,
Dear Mr Secretary
Faithfully

(signed) J. McN. Whistler

To Horace H. Cauty Esq. R. B. A.


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Notes:

1.  Horace Henry Cauty
Horace Henry Cauty (1846-1909), historical and genre painter [more].

2.  MsLdS
This was written by Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more]. It is a draft, with minor variations, of #13107.

3.  [lion insignia]
The lion insignia is in red ink.

4.  Royal Society's Exhibition
Winter Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887-1888.