The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05965
Date: 4 January 1878
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Benjamin Verity and Sons[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler V54
Document Type: ALdS[2]

Gentlemen -

I have received your letter of Jany. 3rd[3]

Mr Leyland's[4] suggestion is due to his keen sense of the ridiculous - In my own relations with him, in the Peacock Room[5], 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
Yours faithfully

J A McN. Whistler

96. Chey[ne] Walk - Chelsea -

Jany. 4. 1878.

Messrs Verity & Sons,

[p. 3, bottom right corner torn off] [drawing[6], Elevation of White House, Tite Street].

[p. 4, top right corner torn off, as above] [drawing, Figure studies].

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1.  Benjamin Verity and Sons
Gas-fitters, and designers and manufacturers of lamps.

2.  ALdS
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).

3.  letter of Jany. 3rd
A request for payment for work done in F. R. Leyland's house at 49 Princes Gate (#05962).

4.  Mr Leyland's
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

5.  Peacock Room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

6.  drawing
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].