Documents associated with: White House, lease
Record 43 of 44
System Number: 10873
Date: [18 July 1878]
Recipient: Sydney Morse
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 14/1241/1
Document Type: TLc
Dear Mr. Morse -
But my battle with the Board is only just won - and the work had been previously stopped entirely - so that though they are now pushing on as fast as possible I fear they may still be a couple of weeks. I am so sorry - Perhaps however I may be able to get out of here by the end of next week or at any rate in the first days of the next.
I shall do my best
With kindest regards
Very sincerely yours
J. McN. Whistler.
1. [18 July 1878]
A note on the top of this letter copy reads: 'Postmark: July 18. 78.'
This letter relates to the White House, JW's studio house at Tite Street, then under construction. The London Metropolitan Board of Works objected to the austere facade of the original design by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more], and withheld the lease on the land until the changes were made. Without a lease, the release of funds to complete the work was delayed, along with JW's move from 96 Cheyne Walk.
That is, the London Metropolitan Board of Works.