Documents associated with: Winter Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887-1888
Record 18 of 30
KING WILLIAM STREET,
STRAND, W. C.
Impossible dear Mrs [Cissy?]!
and I am so sorry - for I should have been delighted to make the tour of the Royal Galleries! with you and my special favorite your gifted young daughter - but I have an appointment with [p. 2] a sitter on Thursday that I cannot put aside -
But remember you are engaged to me for a dinner - and I propose
Friday Saturday this week -
Do write me a line to say if that day suit[s] you -
Suppose we say the East Room at the Criterion at 8. o'clock -
I will ask the Widdie and Pellegrini - Will this do? -
Send me a line here -
and believe me always devotedly
You came so late on Sunday? -
Mrs Maxse -
15 - Alexander Square -
[stamp:] POSTAGE AND INLAND REVENUE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LONDON. W. C. / 15 / 7 / DE 7 / 87
[embossed on verso:] BEEFSTEAK CLUB.[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W / A P / DE 7 / 87
1. [7 December 1887]
Dated from postmark.
2. Mrs Maxse
Mrs Maxse, a Chelsea acquaintance of JW.
3. Royal Galleries
Mrs Maxse was a collector, and this may mean her own gallery rather than Queen Victoria's collection.
Miss Maxse, daughter of Mrs Maxse, a Chelsea friend.
Possibly Ellen Melicent Sickert (1848-1914), née Cobden, writer [more], who may have been sitting for Green and Violet: Portrait of Mrs Walter Sickert (YMSM 338), or her husband, who posed for several portraits (see Sketch Portrait of Walter Sickert (YMSM 350)).
The Criterion Restaurant at Piccadilly, a respectably opulent venue.