Documents associated with: 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887
Record 16 of 31
System Number: 10035
Date: [3/10 April 1887?]
Recipient: Thomas Waldo Story
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas at Austin, TX
Call Number: Ms Misc II. B
Document Type: ALS
KING WILLIAM STREET,
STRAND, W. C.
Well well Waldino my dear Waldino -
it is almost hopeless to "begin back" and say all the things that are to be said! - we must wait for you here - Only there are lots to be told - and I have been so much in it all!!
Hurrah! Waldo - I can't tell [p. 2] you how delighted I am that you are in the Suffolk Street matter now -
And it is something let me tell you to be there now! I have made it worth your coming into -
Last election I made them a speech and purposely refrained from putting you up - and every mother's son of them was pilled!!! to the amazement of all London! -
This time only you - sculptor & Roussel - painter - (he has done an extraordinary picture![)] -
and Charles Keen - Honorary Member! - to the dismay of the Academy -
Hurry up my dear Waldo and come - Things 'Amazing'! without end -
[p. 3] I make the old chaps speeches every time they get together and do so want you there to be in it all! -
As to the show you should see it - nothing like it in London -
Little [ammities?] passing - and I have been to dine with Leighton!! - -
Amazing! amazing -
Also Hurlbert and I working together wondrous results!
Also you never saw Oscar's scalp I took in the World! you were away -
Everything delightful to Mrs Waldo - and do come -
T. Maclean - 13. Bruton Street - Grosvenor Square
1. [3/10 April 1887?]
Dated by reference to exhibition (see below).
'lots' is double underlined.
4. Suffolk Street
Location of the gallery of the Society of British Artists. JW had successfully proposed Story as a member of the SBA.
7. Black Prince
A sculpture by Story of Edward, the Black Prince.
8. Royal Boy
Albert Edward Saxe-Coburg (1841-1910), H.R.H. The Prince of Wales [more]. JW invited the Prince and Princess of Wales to the Private View on 2 April of 64th Annual Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887 (#01044).
Possibly William Gervase Beckett (1866-1937), MP, living at Nun Appleton, Yorkshire.
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more]. JW had mocked Wilde in a letter, suggesting he was dead (Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter Read to the Members of the National Art Exhibition], The World: A Journal For Men and Women, no. 646, vol. 25, 17 November 1886, p. 16; see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 39).
15. I had you
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