The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887
Record 13 of 31

System Number: 05282
Date: [March/April 1887?][1]
Author: [unknown][2]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler R178
Document Type: MsD

The Society of British Artists

We hear on all sides reports of the forthcoming exhibition at Suffolk Street. From these we gather that the opening day will witness another triumph of the Society under the leadership of their new president. Novelty and originality from Mr Whistler we may always confidently expect, and the Society of British Artists with him to direct is not only happy in the certainty of "the new thing" but superior in the knowledge that with the president this will be scientific and sound in its principle, so that while we may well be prepared for all that is brilliant in the way of arrangement we may rest assured that the pictures themselves will remain of first importance in the galleries, where now refinement in the ensemble is secure; and inovation [sic] is not attempted by means of false and tricky decoration.

The hanging we hear is of an altogether [p. 2] novel character - while mediocrity has again this year been ruthlessly rejected at the door.

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1.  [March/April 1887?]
This may refer to 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887.

2.  [unknown]
This may have been dictated by JW, and might have been intended for planting in the press, rather than having been sent to him.