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System Number: 02056
Date: 2 September 1887
Author: James Hayllar[1]
Place: Wallingford
Recipient: A. J. Le Patourel[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H157
Document Type: ALS


2 Sep 1887.

Dear Mr Le Patourel.

Pray Express to the President[3] my regret at not being able to avail myself of the opportunity now offered of an inspection of the memorial address presented by the Society to H M the Queen[4] -

yrs truly

Jas Hayllar

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1.  James Hayllar
James Hayllar (1829-1920), genre and portrait painter [more].

2.  A. J. Le Patourel
A. F. or A. J. Le Patourel, painter, acting secretary of the SBA [more].

3.  President
JW was elected President of the Society of British Artists on 1 June 1886 and took office in December. He was forced to resign on 4 June 1888 but retained the post until November.

4.  memorial address presented by the Society to H M the Queen
During her Jubilee Year, JW sent a Memorial to Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of Great Britain [more], requesting that the Society of British Artists be called 'Imperial'. This was then amended to read 'Royal'. The SBA received a Royal Charter, thus becoming the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) (G. Lushington to JW, 9 August 1887, #13418). The Memorial was shown to the RBA on 5 September 1887 (#01841, #01842).