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System Number: 02201
Date: 12 March 1885
Author: William Holman Hunt[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler H297
Document Type: ALS

Draycott Lodge Fulham S. W.

March 12. 1885.

My dear Whistler,

It was a disappointment to my Wife[2] and myself that we again missed your lecture[3], the invitation to which came to my Studio when I was on my way to the country for change of air. I found it there on my return this morning - and felt grateful to its sender - whoever this was. To you - the fountain-head of the benefit - I here tender my, or rather - our thanks in quantity ample enough - if need be for another as well as yourself.

[p. 2] The Critics[4] I am told are quite gracious to me this time . . of course some are too profound to acknowledge themselves satisfied, but once they used all to sit upon me like a heavy weight, and declare that I was dead, and buried, and done for. Their present tenderness quite surprises me[,] still I take delight in the idea of the bullock slaughtering the butchers. Why was it not done before?

Yours ever truly

W Holman Hunt.

You have an efficient pole axe

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1.  William Holman Hunt
William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), artist [more].

2.  Wife
Marion Edith Holman Hunt (1847-1931), née Waugh (m. 1875), wife of the artist [more].

3.  lecture
A reference to JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas. He first delivered the lecture in London on 20 February 1885. He had just repeated it the previous day before the University Fine Art Society at the Theatre Royal, Cambridge (see printed invitation, #12590). A version of the text of the lecture may be found at #06791.

4.  Critics
Possibly a reference to the Old Watercolour Society Exhibition, 1885, at which Holman-Hunt exhibited The Apple Harvest - Valley of the Rhine, Ragaz (1883, Birmingham Musuem and Art Gallery).