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Scott, William Bell- Royal Scottish Academy- - Scott, William Bell] - 1887. 
- One page on folded octavo sheet (i.e. 17" x 11"), written by the Secretary, George Jay, on Royal Scottish Academy stationary with 'unicorn' seal, Edinburgh. "31st December, 1887. Dear Sir, It is my pleasant duty to intimate to you that at a General Meeting of the Royal Scottish Academy, held yesterday, you were elected to the degree of Honorary Member of the Academy. This, the highest honour they have it in their power to bestow. They hope you will accept as a recognition of your eminent ability as a Painter and one whose career in the branches of Art to which your talent has been directed they have viewed with no little interest and pleasure. I am, Dear Sir, yours very Faithfully, George Jay, Secretary. William Bell Scott, Esq." An important historical note, considering Scott's somewhat checkered early experiences with exhibiting his work, especially with the Royal Academy (London), who had initially showed his paintings, but in 1842, stopped altogether, and then finally resuming in the 1860's along with most other prominent institutions from thenceforth. Written in William Bell Scott's hand on the verso: "Letter of Secretary Scottish Academy on my appointment as Hon. R.S.A. [underline] 31. Jan? 1887." A very nice record of a major achievement, made more desirable inscribed by Scott, hence his own keepsake.
[Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books]
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