The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 63rd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886
Record 7 of 12

System Number: 05274
Date: 13 November [1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: [Horace Henry Cauty][2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R170
Document Type: ALdI

Dear Sir -

I understand that the Council have objected to my insertion in the catalogue of the words "Pupil of Whistler[3]", after the names of my pupils -

This is a matter of so much importance to myself, that I must beg you to call a special meeting [p. 2] of the Council as early next week as possible that I may personally explain my position - in this matt

Possibly there may be a misunderstanding on on the subject, which may be be clear disposed of upon reconsideration - and I only regret that nothing was said about it after our in my presence last night - so that I had no idea that there a question had even a question been raised -

Mr H I have seen Mr my neighbor Mr. Holmes[4] who wishes me say that if more than one name be necessary for the calling together a special meeting, his own may be added -

I further request that if possible the meeting may be on this very next Monday or Tuesday, so that there be no increased difficulties for incurred in the setting up of the Catalogue -

Yours truly -

J M W— -

Nov 13 -

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1.  13 November [1886]
This dates from early in JW's Presidency of the Society of British Artists; he was elected in July and took office in December. The letter relates to arrangements for the 63rd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886.

2.  Horace Henry Cauty
This was probably sent to Horace Henry Cauty (1846-1909), historical and genre painter [more].

3.  Pupil of Whistler
JW's pupils included Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more], Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more], Mary Maud Franklin (1857- ca 1941), JW's model and mistress [more], and Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

4.  Mr. Holmes
Possibly Edward Henry Rickman Holmes (1823-1893), landscape painter [more].