The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 63rd Annual Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886
Record 10 of 12

System Number: 02128
Date: 13 August 1887
Author: Edward D. Mitchell[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H229
Document Type: ALS


Augst 13th / 87.

Dear Sir

I have consulted Mr. Burke[2] about the lion having the crown being correct and he informs me if you wish it to be a Royal badge[3], that is the badge of England it should be thus, [drawing of lion over crown and rose] but if the Society's badge is simply an ordinary lion not pertaining to Royalty at all, it does not matter whether you put it or not but the Royal crest is as above, without the [p. 2] rose, the addition of the rose makes it the badge of England. please say what you will have done and oblige

Yours faithfully

Edwd Mitchell

J. McNeill Whistler Esq.

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1.  Edward D. Mitchell
Edward D. Mitchell, heraldry expert [more].

2.  Mr. Burke
Ashworth Peter Burke (1864-1919), genealogist [more].

3.  Royal badge
JW had designed a rectangular logo showing a lion for the Society of British Artists, 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 SBA received a Royal Charter in August 1887, becoming the RBA, JW designed a new logo with a crowned lion (M.1133-1136). This was used for notepaper and exhibition catalogues.