The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Winter Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887-1888
Record 29 of 30

System Number: 00403
Date: [March 1888][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: John Frederick Boyes[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B180
Document Type: ALS

Dear Mr. Boyes -

I have this time, nothing whatever to do with the Exhibition in Suffolk Street[3] - neither do any of the invitations come from me -

I have sent no work to the Gallery, and I shall not, myself, be present to receive at the Private View -

By all means however, go [p. 2] to the Press View, & see its present condition -

Meanwhile pray offer my compliments and my regrets to the ladies[4] and assure them that if my list had been sent out theyis year, they would not [have] been forgotten -

Very sincerely

J McN. Whistler

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1.  [March 1888]
Dated from reference to exhibition (see note below)

2.  John Frederick Boyes
John Frederick Boyes (ca 1808 - d.1896), merchant and collector [more]. He was a contributor to the World and Punch.

3.  Exhibition in Suffolk Street
Probably a reference to Spring Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1888, held in their galleries in Suffolk Street. JW was President of the Society from 1886 until his resignation on 4 June 1888; he ceased exhibiting with the RBA after Winter Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887-1888, although he remained in the position until November.

4.  the ladies