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System Number: 12327
Date: 23 August 1886
Author: Edward William Godwin[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Louise Jopling[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLc[3]

August 23rd, 1886.

I have not put my hand to paper since I wrote to you. I am so very, very weary - I shall try to go out for a quarter of an hour to-day, for the first time this month. You, I suppose, got my telegram all right, advising you to accept offer. Why, £1800, properly handled, might give you a place for yourself, and £200 a year as well. No. 28[4] is wasted, [p. 2] and every year the waste is larger. All you want is to keep together your pupils[5], and any studio will do that, although I should advise Chelsea, or some postal district. The next move I make is to St. Peter's Hospital[6], where I have bespoken a ward all to myself; then the next ward may be 6 x 4 x 2. I feel completely done with life.

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1.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

2.  Louise Jopling
Louise Jopling (1843-1933), née Goode, later Mrs Jopling-Rowe, artist [more]. See JW's letter to Jopling regarding Godwin's plans and health (#10543).

3.  PLc
Published in Jopling, Louise, Twenty Years of My Life, 1867 to 1887, London, 1925, pp. 292-3.

4.  No. 28
Jopling lived at 28 Beaufort Street, SW1.

5.  pupils
'In my opinion, every girl should have a vocation', wrote Jopling (Jopling, op. cit., p. 266). She started teaching, giving weekly demonstrations, and set up an art school in Clareville Grove, London, in 1887, to train women as professional artists. Students drew and painted from nude and clothed models, studied perspective and anatomy from models and casts, and modelled in clay. They visited the National Gallery, countryside and even the zoo. She offered demonstrations and regular supervision, aided by the draughtsman Dudley Hardy and, later, four teachers: 'I found teaching intensely interesting. I learned so much myself' (Jopling, op. cit., p. 307; photographs of the school repr. pp. 267, 309).

6.  St. Peter's Hospital
Godwin died on 6 October 1886.