The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08923
Date: 5 November 1877
Author: Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS

Dated 5 Novr 1877

[circular embossed stamp]

Whistler      }
      &          }     Contract
Nightingale  }

[p. 2] To James Abbot NcNeill Whistler Esq.
96 Cheyne Walk. Chelsea

[circular embossed stamp with royal arms and text:] 77 / SIX PENCE



I undertake to build & complete for you a house and appurtenances on the two pieces of land taken by you of the Metropolitan Board of Works[3] in Tite Street chelsea in accordance with [in?] the places & specifications signed by me & in accordance with the printed copy of General Conditions for Building Contracts agreed at the Royal institute of British architects & the Builders drawings as modified by E W Godwin[4] Esq & also signed by me - at the price One thousand nine hundred and ten pounds.

Dated 5 Nov. 1877.

'Art 8 11 77'[5]

B E Nightingale

[signed by JW:] J. A. McN. Whistler

[p. 3] Whistler

[p. 4]
15- 16     Poundage[6]
36. 11     Debt & loss & [Int?] & poundage
52   7
33   2   6
19 - 4 - 6
17.  3.  0
36.  7-  6

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1.  Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more].

2.  146
Both '146' and '6d' are additions in another hand (or hands); each note is circled.

3.  Metropolitan Board of Works
This was the land on which JW's house and studio, the White House, was to be built.

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

5.  'Art 8 11 77'
Added in another hand.

6.  Poundage
Legal costs, possibly compounded when JW did not meet the original costs in full.