The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887
Record 20 of 31

System Number: 05303
Date: 5 September 1887
Author: Royal Society of British Artists[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R199
Document Type: MsD

The Royal Society of British Artists

Copy of rough minutes, of the monthly meeting held September 5th 1887

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.

A letter from Mr Holmes[2] was read, enclosing letters from Mr Gadsby[3] and Mr Percy Thomas[4], which were also read, (these related to the proposed exhibition of a selection of the works by the late Mr F. H. Potter[5] in the Winter Exhibition). - A letter was read from Mr J. D. Watson[6], also one from Mr Boot[7]. - The A copy of the Acting Secretary's official[8] reply to Mr Carters[9] letter of resignation was read.

The business of the meeting was then proceeded with, when it was proposed by Mr A Hill[10] seconded by Mr Girardot[11], that a selection of the works of the late Mr F. H. Potter be obtained for the next Winter Exhibition[;] carried unanimously.

The matter of receiving the authorisation of the Society to hold the Exhibition postponed from last Spring, of the Presidents works, was then considered, [p. 2] when it was proposed by Mr. Girardot seconded by Mr Roussel[12], that the authorisation of the Society to hold the Exhibition postponed from last Spring of the Presidents works be received, this was carried.

A financial Statement was laid before the meeting by the Treasurer[13]

The letters[14] from the Secretary of State[15] were re-read by the President, together with his reply, - A letter from the Home Secretary[16] granting the Title of Royal was read, also the Presidents reply.

The President then read a copy of the memorial to Her Majesty[17], after which the memorial was inspected by the members

[p. 3][18] 'Warmly advocating the Presidents suggestion of the adoption of the initials R B A after the by the members of the Royal Society of British Artists -

Also one to the same purport from Mr Dort[19] - '

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1.  The Royal Society of British Artists
JW was elected President of the Society of British Artists on 1 June 1886 and took office in December. This copy of the minutes was written by A. F. or A. J. Le Patourel, painter, acting secretary of the SBA [more].

2.  Mr Holmes
George Augustus Holmes (1861-1911), painter [more].

3.  Mr Gadsby
William H. Gadsby (1845-1924), genre painter [more].

4.  Mr Percy Thomas
Percy Thomas (1846-1922), painter and etcher [more].

5.  Mr F. H. Potter
Frank Huddlestone Potter (1845-1887), artist [more].

6.  Mr J. D. Watson
John Dawson Watson (1832-1892), painter and illustrator [more].

7.  Mr Boot
William Henry James Boot (1848-1918), painter and illustrator [more].

8.  official
This correction, as well as the previous deleted addition of 'The', was made in pencil seemingly by JW.

9.  Mr Carters
Possibly William Carter (1863-1939), portrait painter [more] or, if mis-spelt, Hector Caffieri (1847-1932), artist [more].

10.  Mr A Hill
Arthur Hill (fl. 1858-1893), landscape, genre and portrait painter [more].

11.  Mr Girardot
Ernest Gustave Girardot (1840-1904), genre and portrait painter [more].

12.  Mr Roussel
Theodore Roussel (1847-1926), painter and print-maker [more].

13.  the Treasurer
David Law (1831-1901), RBA treasurer, painter and etcher [more].

14.  The letters ... the members
This section is crossed through by two vertical pencil lines.

15.  Secretary of State
See letters written by Godfrey Lushington (1832-1907), lawyer, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Home Office from 1885-1895 [more]: #01837, #13418 and #01844.

16.  Home Secretary
Rt Hon. Henry Matthews (1868-1874), QC, MP, Home Secretary [more].

17.  Her Majesty
Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of Great Britain [more].

18.  [p. 3]
This page is written in pencil by JW.

19.  Mr Dort
Dort, member of the Royal Society of British Artists [more].