System Number: 05965
Date: 4 January 1878
Recipient: Benjamin Verity and Sons
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V54
Document Type: ALdS
I have received your letter of Jany. 3rd
Mr Leyland's suggestion is due to his keen sense of the ridiculous - In my own relations with him, in the Peacock Room, I myself have found him certainly a comic man, - but I doubt if you will be led away by your enjoyment of his joke from what I fancy is clearly [p. 2] your legal remedy -
Mr Leyland refused to pay me my price for the decorations in his house, and I should have been pained had he deviated from this his simple course when he found himself face to face with your account. -
I am, Gentlemen
J A McN. Whistler
96. Chey[ne] Walk - Chelsea -
Jany. 4. 1878.
Messrs Verity & Sons,
[p. 3, bottom right corner torn off] [drawing, Elevation of White House, Tite Street].
[p. 4, top right corner torn off, as above] [drawing, Figure studies].
1. Benjamin Verity and Sons
Gas-fitters, and designers and manufacturers of lamps.
Written on off-white laid paper with watermark 'JOYNSON / FINE'. There are two earlier drafts of this letter, which show minor variations, but are mainly interesting for the drawings that adorn them (#05963 and #05964).
There are pencil drawings on either side of the torn half of the sheet, r.: Figure studies; v.: Elevations of White House, Tite Street (M.662). The figure studies may relate to similar drawings of a woman moving, also by a balcony, possibly inspired by scenes at the Gaiety Theatre (see #05963). The sketches are very rough, and that of the White House could have been drawn by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].