The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11969
Date: 17 July [1870][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: James Anderson Rose[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/21
Document Type: ALS

Forgive my not having a stamp in the place -

2 Lindsey Row
Chelsea -

Sunday July 17 -

Dear Rose -

There is a house and ground off the Kings Road Chelsea that I am anxious to take at once - Will you kindly send your clerk tomorrow if possible to see it and report what may be done with reference to my obtaining it - The address is Merton Villa[3] - opposite the Anchor Brewery Stores, [p. 2] 278A. Kings Road Chelsea - where all enquiries will be answered by Mr. J. W. Mitchell or Mr. John H. Fielder - whose card I enclose -

The terms are stated at £.130 per anum on a 38.1/2 years lease - or £1500. down for 38.1/2 years, with no ground rent -

The garden or grounds cover an acre and a half -

Hoping to hear from you at your earliest convenience
Ever yours my dear Rose

J A McN Whistler [p. 3]

P.S. I should like to call on you[4] as soon as your Clerk has seen it and talk the matter over with you - say Wednesday - or will you come up on Wednesday afternoon at about 6 and we can go together and look at it (it is close by my place) while a little dinner is preparing for our return at 7. or so - But I am anxious that the step should be taken at once by the clerk as it is a kind of place that might be snapped [up] -

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James Anderson Rose
11. Salisbury Street
Strand -
[postmark:] LONDON. W / 7 / JY 18 / 70
[rubber stamp:] 2D


1.  17 July [1870]
Year date from almanac and postmark.

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

3.  Merton Villa
It appears that he planned to build a studio in its extensive grounds (see A. M. Whistler to J. A. Rose, #12215). However, negotiations over the house were unsuccessful. JW wished to purchase the full lease (see JW to J. A. Rose, #10728) but Rose was probably unable to negotiate a price he could afford. In the end, he remained at Lindsey Row until July 1878. See also #08912, #11851, #11852. Coincidentally, Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], was living at Merton Villa, 280a King's Road on her first marriage (to Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]) in January 1876, see press-cutting, #06572. It was the family home of the Birnie-Philips. JW made an etching of the house, Merton Villa, Chelsea (K.277) in 1887, the year before his marriage to Beatrix Godwin.

4.  call on you
J. A. Rose seems to have been to busy to respond until later in the week (see JW to J. A. Rose, #11852). It is possible that he visited JW the following weekend (see JW to J. A. Rose, #10727) .