The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02637
Date: [January 1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Princess Louise Caroline Alberta[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L171
Document Type: ALcS

'To - Princess Louise'[3]

Madam -

May I remind you of the Society of the British Artists - You were graciously inclined towards us when unofficially a year ago I entreated that you would acknowledge the Galleries in Suffolk Street - May I now remind you of your kind promise to send us one day a work however small - that [p. 2] under your favour we might above others prosper -

If your Royal Highness would now recognize the Presidentship of your most devoted subject by entrusting to my care a sketch or drawing[4] - whatever you may have ready - or would intimate your willingness to do so within the next few days - I should indeed begin my new year of official duty with the success that could never after desert me -

I pray you bring to us the joy that inaugurated with your own work would attach itself to our Society and distinguish us among all others as the one whom Your Royal Highness has delighted to honor -

I am, Madam
Your most loyal & obedient Servant

J McNeill Whistler

454. Fulham Road -

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1.  [January 1887?]
JW took office as President of the Society of British Artists in December 1886, and this letter referring to 'New Year' probably dates from January 1887.

2.  Princess Louise Caroline Alberta
Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), Marchioness of Lorne, sculptress [more].

3.  'To - Princess Louise'
Written in another hand, probably that of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  sketch or drawing
She exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery.