System Number: 00145
Date: 16 September 1878
Author: Sydney Morse
Recipient: Theodore Allingham
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A144
Document Type: ALc
24 Coleman Street
16 Sepr 1878
96 Cheyne Walk
Mr Whistler has a key & his servant another.
The latter makes use of his when no one is in the house & to this I object - Hence my requiring the latch keys.
I send on the other side an Amended Account.
The Explanation of the alteration of the [p. 2] amount given for the fixtures is that Mr Whistler has not returned the curtain poles & rings[.] I have therefore deducted their value
If you will approve this account & send me the latch keys I will send a Cheque at once. The Cabinet has been a good deal broken. Will you be good enough to ask Miss Corder to take care of any pieces she may find in her room & let me have them.
(sigd) Sydney Morse
The. Allingham Esq.
|Cabinet||£25. 0. 0||Rent to 24 June||£20. 0. 0|
|Fixtures||13. 15. 0||Subsequent to 17 July||5. 1. 6|
|Balance||13. 13. 6|
|£ 38. 15. 0||£ 38. 15. 0|
3. 96 Cheyne Walk
JW's former house in Chelsea. Morse succeeded him as tenant upon the expiry of his lease on 25 June 1878. However, a delay in the completion of JW's new studio house, the White House, postponed his departure from Cheyne Walk for over a month.
A Chinese cabinet sold by JW to Morse. It is now at Leighton House Museum, London. Soon afterwards, it became the subject of a protracted wrangle between JW, Morse and Charles Augustus ('Owl') Howell (1840? - d.1890), entrepreneur [more], the latter of whom pawned a section of the cabinet whilst claiming it was in for repair. JW published his version of events in Whistler, James McNeill, Correspondence. Paddon Papers. The Owl and the Cabinet, London, .
This is probably a reference to the scheme hatched by JW and Howell to reproduce in mezzotint works including Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) and Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203). The engraving of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137), a portrait of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), historian and philosopher [more], was published in a limited edition by Henry Graves and Co.. The first proofs were delivered on 2 December 1878 (Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Life of James McNeill Whistler, 2 vols, London and Philadelphia, 1908, vol. 1, pp. 226-27). Howell organised the publicity (see for example #11899) and subscription list.