The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 63rd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886
Record 11 of 12

System Number: 02208
Date: [c. September/October 1887][1]
Author: William Henry Hurlbert[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H304
Document Type: ALS

Thursday Night

S. W.

Your beauteous beast[3] bounds in to my suddenly depressing solitude, my dear President & rends the silence with a cordial roar!

I shall be delighted to break breed [sic] with you at the Royal Coffee house, or where [p. 2] you will at 8 PM tomorrow - & thereupon I give you my hand & ce qu'il y a de mieulx [sic] en moi[4].

But no mantling vintages for your ascetic & faithful

W H H.

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1.  [c. September/October 1887]
Dated by reference to RBA (see below).

2.  William Henry Hurlbert
William Henry Hurlbert (1827-1895), journalist and author, editor-in-chief of the New York World from 1876-1883 [more].

3.  beauteous beast
JW had designed a rectangular logo showing a lion for the Society of British Artists. This was first used in 1886 for the catalogue of 63rd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886 (see A Lion for the SBA (M.1121)). When the SBA received a Royal Charter in August 1887, becoming the RBA, JW designed a new logo with a crowned lion (M.1133-1136; and see letter from E. Mitchell to JW, 13 August 1887, #02128). This was used for notepaper (#05300, #05299) and exhibition catalogues.

4.  ce qu'il y a de mieulx [sic] en moi
Fr., whatever is best in me