The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 01877
Date: 20 March 1902
Author: James Guthrie[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G242
Document Type: ALS


March 20th / 1902

Dear Mr Whistler

The hurried telegram[2] I sent from Edinburgh yesterday afternoon (to 36. Tite St: Chelsea.) has no doubt made you acquainted with the fact of yr: election as an H. R. S. A.

Unfortunately the meeting lasted so long afterwards that I could not [p. 2] write you before leaving at night for Glasgow. I cannot tell you how much pleasure it gives me that you should have received the highest official recognition in our power to give - & that it should have been given unanimously - a tribute from the members [p. 3] old & young.

It is certainly a great honour to us - I only wish it were as much to you - but I know the spirit in which you gave me permission to go forward -

What I said was seconded formally by W. B. Hole[3] - a staunch friend of yours. After the Election result of [p. 4] the ballot was made known the President[4] expressed his pleasure to us. After that we all expressed ours to each other! It was a large & representative meeting. You will no doubt have the official notice in a day or two.

I hope sincerely that your health[5] has improved & that it will gain still more from the coming summer.

We are much beholden to you for approving of Mr Studd's[6] lending his beautiful picture now in[7] the Academy Exhibition[8].

With many good wishes,
Yours always truly

James Guthrie

P. S.[9] I write in haste - I fear not very legibly.

J. G.

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1.  James Guthrie
James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more].

2.  telegram
See Guthrie's telegram to JW , [19 March 1902], #01875. JW had been elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Academy.

3.  W. B. Hole
William Brassey Hole (1846-1917), painter and graver [more].

4.  President
George William Reid (1819-1887), Curator, British Museum Print Room [more].

5.  health
Plagued by ill-health, JW had spent some weeks in Bath, a spa town in Somerset during January 1902.

6.  Mr Studd's
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more]. The picture was Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).

7.  now in...James Guthrie
Written in the left margin of p. 4 at right angles to the main text.

8.  Exhibition
76th Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1902.

9.  P. S....J. G.
Written in the left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.