The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887
Record 10 of 23

System Number: 06575
Date: [October/November 1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Beatrix Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W568
Document Type: ALS

'A letter[3] written to Mrs. Godwin re sitting for her picture "Lamplight[4]" '

Dear Mrs. Trixie -

Do take your courage in both hands and come over to the Studio at once - by at once I mean when you have had your comfortable breakfast -

Do be so nice and good and kind - and we may run right through with it this morning! -

We can darken the place and turn the gazs -

Say many charming things [p. 2] from me to Mrs. Woodville[5], and beg them both to forgive me for robbing them of their delightful guest -

How very pleasant was the little déjeuner yesterday - so dainty and in time! - Tell Mrs. Woodville I was quite fascinated with it all -

[butterfly signature]

Of course I forgot to say that the Lady Colin[6] has just sent word that she cannot come -

Do not desert me!

William[7] brings this so send word that you are coming - The place shall [be] nice and warm -

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1.  [October/November 1886]
This probably dates from shortly after the death of E. W. Godwin on 6 October 1886.

2.  Beatrix Godwin
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

3.  A letter
'A letter ... Lamplight' was written in the top left corner by Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

4.  Lamplight
Harmony in Red: Lamplight (YMSM 253), which was well under way by July 1886, was continued after Godwin's death and was finally exhibited in November in Winter Exhibition, Society of British Artists, London, 1886-1887.

5.  Mrs Woodville
Annie E. Woodville (b. ca 1855 ), wife of the painter, R. C. Woodville [more]. Beatrix did some research for the history paintings of Richard Caton Woodville (1856-1927), history painter [more].

6.  Lady Colin
Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell (1857-1911), née Blood, Lady Colin Campbell, writer, art critic and amateur artist [more]. She was posing for Harmony in White and Ivory: Portrait of Lady Colin Campbell (YMSM 354), which was also exhibited in the SBA in November (see JW's letters to her, 20 September and 19 October 1886, #03329 and #03332).

7.  William
William Bell, JW's secretary [more].