The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07975
Date: [1/3 June 1888?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: E. Aubrey Hunt[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/7/1
Document Type: ALS

Of course on Tuesday you will be to the fore and in plenty of time -

But my dear Hunt cannot you help in bringing up to the scratch a little squad of voters[3]!!

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1.  [1/3 June 1888?]
Dated from reference to Royal Society of British Artists (see below).

2.  E. Aubrey Hunt
Edmund Aubrey Hunt (1855-1922), landscape and rural painter [more].

3.  voters
This note relates to the annual council elections of the RBA which took place on 4 June 1888. JW had been President of the RBA since June 1886 but his autocratic style and instigation of radical changes to the Society's exhibition policy meant that the last months of his Presidency were stormy. When a proposal was circulated by eight R. B. A. members in order to force him to resign, he made a vigorous effort to gather enough votes to defeat the motion (see #05321, and Dorment, Richard, and Margaret F. MacDonald, James McNeill Whistler, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995, pp. 49-55).