System Number: 01746
Date: [1 May/June 1878?]
Recipient: Edward William Godwin
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G112
Document Type: ALS
Sir James she seems to say has no real final power - but altogether the diplomatic dodge is going on and I am given to understand that we will succeed directly -
Also I was sent for the other day to see [p. 2] the Princess Louise who was at the Mitfords - and had a long talk with her about the house - told her how unkindly the Board of Works were behaving and she greatly sympathized - and I made a grand stroke! I said that if her Royal Highness would only drive past and say how beautiful she thought the house that of course that would put an end to the whole trouble - She laughed saying that she didn't believe her influence was [as] strong as that! but afterwards said in a reflective way that "Lorne knows Sir James I think...." - So I fancy we will astonish old Vulliamy yet! -
Meantime have you any news?
With kindest regards to Mrs Godwin
J A McN. Whistler
1. [1 May/June 1878?]
Dated from sequence of letters about JW's new house, the White House (see below). References to Mitford and Vulliamy suggest a date early in May (Vulliamy visited the White House on 2 May 1878, see #04297).
3. Lady Hogg
Lady Hogg, wife of Sir James Hogg.
JW's new house and studio, the White House in Tite Street, Chelsea. The Metropolitan Board of Works objected to the simplicity of the facade designed by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. They withheld the lease until additional, expensive, decorative details were added.
Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916), Lord Redesdale (1886), diplomat, Secretary of the Office of Works, and collector [more], and Clementine Gertrude Helen Mitford (1854-1932), née Ogilvy, wife of the 1st Baron Redesdale [more].