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System Number: 11315
Date: [January 1887/1888][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: William Ayerst Ingram[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/1044/1
Document Type: Ms/TLc[3]

You are astonished my dear Ingram at having nothing from me -

I am, I need not say, full of those matters various - and certainly hoped to have seen my valiant lieutenant[4] long before now -

However even   [name left blank]   had his excuse - and so if the movement that was to have succeeded between you and Holyoake[5], came to absolute grief as it did you will realise explain it by and bye.

The Exhibition of your President's works[6] [has?] an amazing chance of never occurring in the Suffolk Street Galleries at all - and for other items you will find Menpes[7]     the wise excellent as reference.


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1.  [January 1887/1888]
Dated by references to JW as President of the Society of British Artists, a post he took up in December 1886, and to an exhibition (see below).

2.  William Ayerst Ingram
William Ayerst Ingram (1855-1913), marine and landscape painter [more].

3.  Ms and TLc
JW's text must have been hard to read, for this transcript by Ingram has several omisions and alterations.

4.  valiant lieutenant
In JW's next letter to Ingram he repeats this phrase (#11316).

5.  Holyoake
William Holyoake (1834-1894), genre and historical painter [more].

6.  Exhibition of your President's works
An exhibition of JW's work at the SBA planned for March 1887 was postponed to 1888 and then cancelled (see JW to H. H. Cauty, #08712).

7.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].