The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06072
Date: 1 February 1878
Author: Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W69
Document Type: ALS

18 Bedford Row

1 February / 78

Dear Whistler

All that Mr Leyland[2] asks for are his naked rights and I cannot, notwithstanding your letter, think that you wish to withhold from him [p. 2] the property he has bought and paid for. Be kind enough to state in precise terms what are your intentions

Yours faithfully

W Theodore Watts

J. N. [sic] Whistler Eqre

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1.  Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton
Walter Theodore Watts (later Watts-Dunton) (1832-1914), solicitor, novelist and poet [more].

2.  Mr Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more]. He had commissioned and paid for several paintings, including The Three Girls (YMSM 88) which was never completed, and portraits of his family including Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs Frances Leyland (YMSM 106) and Portrait of Miss Florence Leyland (YMSM 107), which he did eventually receive.