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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01746
Date: [1 May/June 1878?][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G112
Document Type: ALS


I have seen a letter from Lady Hogg[3] of a most pleasing tone about the house[4] - She says how charming she thinks it - &c &c &c -

Sir James[5] 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[6] who was at the Mitfords[7] - 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[8] knows Sir James I think...." - So I fancy we will astonish old Vulliamy[9] yet! -

Meantime have you any news?

With kindest regards to Mrs Godwin[10]
Ever Yours

J A McN. Whistler


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Notes:

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).

2.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

3.  Lady Hogg
Lady Hogg, wife of Sir James Hogg.

4.  house
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.

5.  Sir James
Sir James Macnaghten McGarel Hogg (1823-1890), first Baron Magheramorne [more].

6.  Princess Louise
Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), Marchioness of Lorne, sculptress [more].

7.  Mitfords
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].

8.  Lorne
Sir John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell (1845-1914), Marquess of Lorne, husband of Princess Louise [more].

9.  Vulliamy
George John Vulliamy (1817-1886), Superintending Architect with the Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more].

10.  Mrs Godwin
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].