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Record 11 of 22

System Number: 02270
Date: 28 August 1887
Author: William Ayerst Ingram[1]
Place: Falmouth
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler I11
Document Type: ALS

3 Market St


My dear President

I received yesterday a letter anent the Whistler Exhn[2] from Le Patourel[3], in which he informed me of your wishes in the matter.

Only last week I wrote to Walter Dowdeswell[4] asking him to write to [p. 2] all the guarantors & ask if they will extend their guarantee to next year instead of this; and asking Walter himself as to the number of pictures absolutely promised.

You will remember the difficulty of getting works was the reason of the failure this spring. I want to know what we can do in the matter until that is ascertained [p. 3] for unfortunately all the subcom[m]itee are out of town, including the honorary secty[5]. I shall be glad if you can give me a hint in any way as to what we should do next. There is one thing necessary though, & that is to get the Society to fix a date in which we can hold the exhbn & I am afraid the same old fight will have to [p. 4] be gone through again. I will bring forward a motion on the final Monday in October on the matter, proposing that the month of March be devoted to the exhibition if you think fit. Before that no one will be back in town.

I am tied down here for some time to come, as I together with Gotch & Alfred East[6] [p. 5] signed an agreement with the Fine Art Society[7] to paint a series of Cornish pictures for Exhbn at their galleries next February - so you see my absence explained. I heard from Walter that you said I was wrong to be out of town just now, but it is absolutely necessary. Am I right [p. 6] in understanding that the title of Royal carries with it a diploma. Le Patourel sent me a communication bidding me use R. B. A[8] after my name. I could not quite understand it but you will know all about it. I congratulate the Society in having a President who has obtained for it the honour.

[p. 7] I hope this lengthy epistle has not bored you, but I had much to say.

With best regards - believe me
Sincerely Your's

W Ayerst Ingram

J. McNeil [sic] Whistler Esqr.
P. R. B. A.

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

2.  Whistler Exhn
An exhibition of JW's work at the SBA galleries was postponed and then abandoned.

3.  Le Patourel
A. F. or A. J. Le Patourel, painter, acting secretary of the SBA [more]. He had written to Ingram on 25 August (#11319).

4.  Walter Dowdeswell
Walter Dowdeswell (1858-1929), art dealer [more].

5.  honorary secty
Horace Henry Cauty (1846-1909), historical and genre painter [more].

6.  Gotch & Alfred East
Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854-1931), painter [more], and Alfred East (1849-1913), landscape painter and etcher [more].

7.  Fine Art Society
London art dealers and print publishers.

8.  R. B. A
After sending Queen Victoria a congratulatory Address on the occasion of her Jubilee, JW sent a Memorial to the Queen requesting that the Society be called 'Royal'. The SBA received a Royal Charter, thus becoming the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA).