System Number: 09153
Date: [29/30 June 1877?]
Recipient: Lord Houghton
Repository: Trinity College Library, Cambridge
Call Number: Houghton 34 item 204
Document Type: ALS
'[c. June 1877?]'
Dear Lord Houghton -
Will you take any tickets for a concert given by the charming Mlle Nita Gaïtano - Mrs Leyland has kindly lent me her house for the occasion, 49. Princes Gate - and my Peacock Room which you ought to have seen long ago is in the Programme - I do hope you will go [p. 2] for I have rashly undertaken to dispose of some of the tickets -
The Concert is fixed for Friday July 6th. at 4 or 5 - o'clock -
Will you also do me the great pleasure of breakfasting with me on Sunday July 8. at half past eleven?
Very sincerely Yours -
J A McN. Whistler -
96. Cheyne Walk - Chelsea
1. [29/30 June 1877?]
6 July was a Friday in 1877. It is assumed this invitation dates from about a week earlier. Another letter, inviting Stephen Isaacson Tucker (1835-1887), collector, genealogist and Queen's Herald [more] to attend the concert, was dated 30 June 1877 (#05864).
3. '[c. June 1877?]'
Added in another hand.
4. Mlle Nita Gaïtano
'Antoinette ('Nita') Gaëtano Moncrieff (b. ca 1849), née Mackie, poetess and singer [more]. Caroline Blanche Elizabeth, Lady Lindsay (1844-1912), née Fitzroy, artist and poetess, co-founder of the Grosvenor Gallery [more], played the piano at the concert (see Merrill, Linda, The Peacock Room. A Cultural Biography, New Haven and London, 1998, p. 272).
5. Mrs Leyland
Frances Leyland (1836-1910), née Dawson [more]. Since JW had already quarrelled with her husband over decorations, it was at least naive of Mrs Leyland to continue as if there was no problem in inviting JW to their house. Shortly afterwards Leyland barred JW from the house (see Merrill, Linda, The Peacock Room. A Cultural Biography, New Haven and London, 1998, p. 272).