The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 63rd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886
Record 9 of 12

System Number: 05300
Date: [9 August/September 1887?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R196
Document Type: ADS

[drawing of a rectangle][2]

The Royal Society of British Artists -
Suffolk Street - Pall Mall -

[p. 2] J. McNeill Whistler

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1.  [9 August/September 1887?]
This page contains a draft of JW's design for notepaper for the Society of British Artists of which he was President. During Queen Victoria's Jubilee Year, it received a Royal Charter, becoming the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA; see G. Lushington to JW, 9 August 1887, #13418).

2.  [drawing of a rectangle]
The small rectangle, placed on the right, was intended to contain a crowned lion, JW's design for the new RBA logo. A similar design is on #05299. JW had originally designed a rectangular logo showing a lion for the SBA, which 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 RBA received the Royal Charter in August 1887, 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 and exhibition catalogues.