Documents associated with: Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1889
Record 17 of 62
System Number: 07566
Date: [12 March 1889]
Recipient: William Cleverley Alexander
Repository: British Museum, London
Call Number: Department of Prints and Drawings, 1958-2-8-25
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr. Alexander -
You have been as you always are most kind & nice about the pictures - and I trust you know that I greatly appreciate your ready help in establishing, before the peoples of this Earth, among the many serious ones that weary and offend, the rare and precious reputation for flippancy in Art which I believe is [p. 2] mine without contention! -
They have made me Hon. Member of the Royal Academy of Bavaria - and conferred upon me the Cross of St Michael in holy & sympathetic wrath destroying the demon of dulness! even as I with indignant trifling have done, in the person of Ruskin!
[four or five illegible words] - wiping him with the floor - even as a man wipeth a dish - wiping him & turning him upside down! -
All of which you have delighted in and helped to bring about! - How shall I really ever thank you! - Do come and see me - I want your help again - Yet I scarcely venture to ask! - but does it not seem absurd that the great Exposition Internationale should be without the beautiful little White & Grey Lady? -
I send herewith a small [p. 3] peace offering & token of gratitude & friendship -
3. Miss Cicey's portrait
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129). The portrait of Cicely Henrietta Alexander (1864-1932), later Mrs Spring Rice [more], had been on exhibition at the 3rd Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1888.