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System Number: 11784
Date: 15-27 September 1881
Author: Edward William Godwin[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Call Number: Archives of Art and Design, AAD 4/6-1980
Document Type: AD

[DIARY 1881]

15 [September] Called on Whistler[,] Oscar[2] came in[,] called on Wortley[3] re his ho[use]. consulted me as to his seeing Peto £ & endeavouring to arrange without prejudice[,] sd he might try. Drove to town with Whistler. At 4 took chair of Soc English Players. Dined at Albion with Tree[4] & home. Whistler & Holmes[5] agreed to take flats[6] & put down £200. [...]

24 [September] Whistler here to meet Holmes latter did not come so W went to him re flats in Tite St. returned later lent me 10/. Mrs Scott Siddons came abt 4.30 discussed theatre scheme.

25 [September] Whistler here drawing Thames dined here Hor. Green called Geo Alexander came & with him to Barthes[7] then home.

26 [September] Holmes here met Sharpe [8]they did not agree re flats. Braine called. Holmes & I to Club at 12 to meet S.E.P. no-one came. Waited till 3 then home. Whistler came re flats wrote letters at his own suggestion 1 to his bankers & 1 to Reid offering to take 3 plots in Tite St. Mrs G[9]. present[.] I wrote copies of letters for him while he worked at his drawing of Thames.

27 [September] Called at Reids wrote letter re land & Whistler. Sent to Mrs Beere & Evelyn for list [...]

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1.  E. W. Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. Only the dates and text containing references to JW have been transcribed here.

2.  Oscar
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].

3.  Wortley
Archibald James Stuart-Wortley (1849-1905), painter, first President of the Society of Portrait Painters [more].

4.  Tree
Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1853-1917), actor-manager [more].

5.  Holmes
Possibly Charles Holme (1848-1923), founding editor of The Studio from 1893-1922 [more].

6.  flats
JW signed the lease for a flat at 13 Tite Street on 22 April 1881, and lived there through 1885. He moved to the Tower House, 28 Tite Street, after his marriage in August 1888.

7.  Barthes
Victor Barthe (b. ca 1839, retired 1894), artist and theatrical designer [more]. JW attended life-drawing classes run by Barthe.

8.  Sharpe
Sharpe, a landlord.

9.  Mrs G
Probably Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].