The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11851
Date: 6 August 1870
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[1]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/47/45
Document Type: W[2]

'Whistler[3] Aug 6. 1870'


FROM James Whistler
TO J. A. Rose Esq
11 Salisbury St, Std

SOMERSET HOUSE B. O. / AU 6 / 70 / W. C.

I cannot buy but let us get the house[4] on cheap terms as possible but anyhow do not lose it

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1.  James Anderson Rose
James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].

2.  W
'45' written in another hand at top left of p. 1.

3.  Whistler
'Whistler ... 1870' written in another hand, probably that of J. A. Rose, at top left of p. 1.

4.  house
JW was hoping to negotiate the lease of Merton Villa, a house at 278a King's Road Chelsea. It appears that he planned to build a studio in its extensive grounds (see A. M. Whistler to J. A. Rose, #12215). He had asked Rose to act on his behalf. However, JW's efforts to secure the house were unsuccessful. He wished to purchase the full lease (see JW to J. A. Rose, #10728) at £1500 for thirty-eight and a half years or failing this, an annual lease at £130 (see JW to J. A. Rose, #11969) but Rose was probably unable to negotiate a price he could afford. In the end, he remained at Lindsey Row until June 1878. See also #08912, #10727, #11851.