System Number: 08923
Date: 5 November 1877
Author: Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS
Dated 5 Novr 1877
[circular embossed stamp]
& } Contract
[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 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 Esq & also signed by me - at the price One thousand nine hundred and ten pounds.
Dated 5 Nov. 1877.
'Art 8 11 77'
B E Nightingale
[signed by JW:] J. A. McN. Whistler
[p. 3] Whistler
15- 16 Poundage
36. 11 Debt & loss & [Int?] & poundage
33 2 6
19 - 4 - 6
17. 3. 0
36. 7- 6
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.
5. 'Art 8 11 77'
Added in another hand.
Legal costs, possibly compounded when JW did not meet the original costs in full.