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System Number: 04168
Date: 30 January 1885
Author: Albert Joseph Moore[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M438
Document Type: ALS

1 Holland Lane
Kensington W.

Jany 30 / 85

Dear J.

Thanks for letter[2] which is, of course, charming -

I have had a bad attack of the £. s. d complaint, & [have] hardly been able to think of anything else, so am rather late with my answer -

I will certainly be at yr 10. o'clock[3], & shall write tomorrow for the ticket -

With respect to the other matters, you must not mind my not being able [p. 2] to take yr view - I don't see why you shd be [illegible word] running [illegible word] other people's shows[4] instead of yr own - You won't mind my were rather sanguine you know about the Grosvenor[5] when it was starting, & I think you have a fair amount of stodge to contend against now - I don't wish to predict a mistake on yr part - besides you have a knack of turning a defeat into a victory - Now I have no such talent, & while I shall always have a pleasure in taking [p. 3] up the cudgels on yr behalf, it has not been my line to do it for myself - in fact on my own account I know I shd make a mess of it, whereas you do it perfectly -

I have already mentioned to you that I am very uncertain about getting my work done, & have promised that the only picture[6] I am bound to finish shall go to the Academy - So that f if I did enter into a free fight I shd be a disappointment to my new friends, & an object of derision to my enemies new & old -

yrs ever

A. Moore

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1.  Albert Joseph Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more].

2.  letter

3.  10. o'clock
JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas. It was first delivered on 20 February 1885 at the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly, and repeated subsequently at several other venues, including Oxford and Cambridge.

4.  other people's shows
This may be a reference to JW's growing involvement with the Society, later the Royal Society of British Artists, at Suffolk Street. JW was elected a member on 21 November 1884 and President on 1 June 1886.

5.  Grosvenor
From 1877 to 1890, the Grosvenor Gallery was an important exhibition venue and alternative to the Royal Academy for the display of contemporary art. It also held historical and retrospective exhibitions during the winter months.

6.  picture
Moore exhibited a single work, A. Moore, White Hydrangea (z180) (1885), at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (cat. no. 356).