The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 03575
Date: 15 April 1876
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: [unknown][1]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler LB 8/35
Document Type: ALS

Dear Sir -

I owe you an apology - beside my bill[2] - It has continually been my intention to write and acknowledge my debt to you - and I beg to say that if you can kindly wait a while longer I will pay you directly some of the work[3] upon which I am now engaged [p. 2] is complete and I shall have been payed [sic] for it myself -

With many thanks for your patience
Very faithfully yours

J A McN. Whistler

2 Lindsey Houses[4] Chelsea

April 15 - 1876

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1.   [unknown]
The recipient may have been a vintner or fishmonger as this was the period when JW began to entertain lavishly at home with his Sunday breakfasts and dinner parties (see, for example, bill from J. S. Charles, #08848). Alternatively, JW may have owed a debt to Gilby & Hermann, artist's suppliers from whom he bought materials and borrowed money during the years 1876-78. See reference in Feather and flower designs (M.702) and in #02175, #02176.

2.  bill

3.  work
JW is probably referring to his decorative work on seventeen staircase panels in the hallway at 49 Prince's Gate, London home of Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more]. See Panels from the Entrance Hall at 49 Princes Gate (YMSM 175).

4.  2 Lindsey Houses
JW lived at 2 Lindsey Row from February 1867 to June 1878. Most letters written with that address date from between February 1867 and July 1870 (although some are as late as September 1876). However, occasional letters between August 1871 and October 1876 were written as from 'Lindsey Houses'. The row was renamed and renumbered so the house became 96 Cheyne Walk, and there are letters written as from that address from September 1876 to June 1878, when JW moved to the White House.