System Number: 11441
Date: 22 January 1875
Author: Edward Fox White
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC K5
Document Type: ALS
13 King Street, St. James
Jan 22. 1875
J. McN Whistler Esq.
Dear Sir -
I sent you a Telegram to day expressing my willingness to relieve you from all trouble as to your Gallery in Pall Mall & do it up myself on your contributing £20. I should prefer not doing this but for the time likely to be [p. 2] lost if your people undertake it & if more delays occur I must give up the gallery altogether[.] I have only a day more to decide one way or another having arranged for an Exh[itio]n be be [sic] ready for a certain day & having a gallery in the Haymarket offered me, I must decide for that if you decline. The fact is Ford cannot fit up the cloth till the painting & stencilling - and repairs to roof & walls &c &c &c are done - your decorator Mr Fox is ill I hear[.] Altogether it is to your advantage as it will cost more than £20 & as far as I understand the [p. 3] matter Mr Griffith can claim rent up to the day of your completing repairs &c[.] You will never get it done by Feb 1st I am sure - whereas I will undertake to do it &c will in fact take the place on 1st Feby always providing I have your reply by tomorrow.
Please oblige me, and I shall be thankful, with a reply by 12 tomorrow I sent a paid Messenger to day with my Telegram - no reply yet.
E. F. White
Written in an unknown hand at top left-hand corner of p. 1.
The gallery was the venue for JW's first solo exhibition, Mr Whistler's Exhibition, Flemish Gallery, Pall Mall, London, 1874.
Ford, possibly a servant or decorator for E. F. White.
The gallery was originally hung in maroon cloth. However, JW created his own decorative scheme in primrose, pink-grey and brown for his exhibition. E. C. Griffith (see note below) required that the cloth be reinstated at the end of JW's lease (see statement of proof, #12138).