The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13692
Date: [9 September 1876][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: The Academy
Place: [London]
Repository: [Published[2]]
Call Number: GUL Copies A48
Document Type: PL

I have read with much gratification the truly appreciative article in your paper referring, with thorough understanding, to some decorations[3] of mine at Prince's Gate; but crave your permission to make clear one fact, important in the matter. The design of the elegant and beautiful framework in Mr. Leyland's[4] dining-room is by Mr. Jeckyll[5], the distinguished architect, to whose exquisite sense of beauty and great knowledge we owe the well remembered "Norwich Gates[6]," and whose delicate subtlety of feeling we see in perfection in the fairy-like railings of Holland Park. If there be any quality whatever in my decoration, it is doubtless due to the inspiration I may have received from the graceful proportions and lovely lines of Mr. Jeckyll's work about me.

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1.  [9 September 1876]
Date of publication in The Academy.

2.  Published
This letter was written in response to a reference to the Peacock Room in the previous issue of The Academy (2 September 1876). A draft version of this letter appears at #00431.

3.  decorations
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

4.  Mr. Leyland's
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

5.  Mr. Jeckyll
Thomas Jeckyll (1827-1881), architectural designer [more]. See also #02407.

6.  Norwich Gates
The monumental gates designed by Jeckyll for the Barnard, Bishop and Barnards company and first shown at the London International Exhibition, 1862. The following year, they were presented to the Prince and Princess of Wales on the occasion of their marriage.