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System Number: 00497
Date: [10/15 December 1886][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Joseph Edgar Boehm[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B280
Document Type: ALS/PD


'Whistler'

Lieber Spuch[3] -

I am sure you will be too glad to be in this - and so I told Mr Webb[4] to put your name on the list, that otherwise was saddened by too many Newtons[5] and Poynters[6]! -

I must come and see you and talk about this and other matters - Meanwhile send anything you wish to William Webb Esq. 11. Austin Friars. E. C.

Always -

[butterfly signature]

Do get the Pall Mall Budget[7] this week - and look at the number Mr Whistler & the Times!

[p. 2] BY THE SUDDEN DEATH OF MR E. W. GODWIN, F. S. A.[8], HIS WIDOW[9] AND CHILD[10] HAVE BEEN LEFT ENTIRELY UNPROVIDED FOR. IT IS PROPOSED THAT THERE SHOULD BE SOME RECOGNITION OF MR GODWIN'S GREAT SERVICES TO ART IN ENGLAND, AND THAT IT SHOULD TAKE THE FORM OF A LOAN FUND FOR ADVANCE TO MRS. GODWIN, TO ENABLE HER TO TAKE AN ASSURED POSITION AS AN ARTIST.

MRS. GODWIN IS A DAUGHTER OF THE LATE JOHN BIRNIE PHILLIP[11] [sic], THE EMINENT SCULPTOR. MANY PERSONS HAVE EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO JOIN IN SUCH A RECOGNITION.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE COMMITTEE:-

THE LADY ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL.[12]
REV. A. W. BATSON.[13]
REV. E. H. DYER.
PROFESSOR NEWTON.
E. J. POYNTER, R. A.
MAUNDE THOMPSON.
DR. TODHUNTER.
H. B. TREE.
HERMANN VEZIN.
J. M. WHISTLER.
OSCAR WILDE.
R. C. WOODVILLE.[14]

THOSE WHO DESIRE MAY SEND A CONTRIBUTION TO ANY OF THE COMMITTEE, OR TO

THE HONORARY SECRETARY AND TREASURER,
W. WEBB, 11, AUSTIN FRIARS, E. C.,

WHO WILL ALSO BE OBLIGED BY A COMMUNICATION FROM ANYBODY HAVING AND BEING WILLING TO MAKE THE GIFT OF A SUITABLE SCHOOL PRESENTATION FOR THE LITTLE BOY.


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Notes:

1.  [10/15 December 1886]
Dated from reference to newspaper article (see below).

2.  Joseph Edgar Boehm
Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834-1890), sculptor [more]; he had written to JW on hearing of Godwin's death, and of his concern for the family, 15 November 1886, #00330.

3.  Lieber Spuch
Ger., Dear 'Spuch'; this was JW's affectionate way of addressing Boehm.

4.  Mr Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

5.  Newtons
Possibly Sir Charles Thomas Newton (1814-1894), Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum [more].

6.  Poynters
Edward John Poynter (1836-1919), history and genre painter [more].

7.  Pall Mall Budget
See #04377, #11433.

8.  MR E. W. GODWIN, F. S. A.
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

9.  HIS WIDOW
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. She did indeed retrain, spending some time studying in Paris, and learning to etch with JW. She painted and exhibited her portraits and flower studies and carried out miscellaneous design commissions.

10.  CHILD
Edward Godwin (b. 1876), son of Beatrix and E. W. Godwin; JW's step-son [more].

11.  JOHN BIRNIE PHILLIP
John Birnie Philip (1824-1875), sculptor, father of JW's wife Beatrix [more].

12.  THE LADY ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL.
As well as JW and those mentioned above, the committee consisted of Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more], Rev. Arthur Wellesley Batson (b. 1853), clergyman [more], Rev. E. H. Dyer, a friend of E. W. Godwin, Edward Maunde Thompson (1840-1929), mediaevalist [more], Dr John Todhunter (1839-1916), writer and paywright[more], Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917), actor-manager [more], Hermann Vezin (1829-1910), Shakespearian actor, teacher of elocution and dramatist [more], Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more], and Richard Caton Woodville (1856-1927), history painter [more].

13.  REV. A. W. BATSON.
This and the next five names were printed on the left, the rest on the right.

14.  R. C. WOODVILLE.
Beatrix Godwin had done some work for Woodville, probably researching costume for his history paintings, in the British Museum. (See exhibition catalouge, M. F. MacDonald, Beatrice Whistler, Hunterian Art Gallery, 1997).