The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13430
Date: [7 June 1878][1]
Author: W. Wyke Smith[2]
Place: London
Recipient: Metropolitan Board of Works[3]
Place: London
Repository: London Metropolitan Archives
Call Number: MBW 497
Document Type: MsDS

No. 8 Chelsea Embankment - plots Nos. 37 and 38 Tite street - To send license to Mr. Whistler to assign building Agreement by way of Mortgage -

I present the License, in Duplicate, will the Board order the seal to be affixed

'D' '[illegible]'

W Wyke Smith

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1.  [7 June 1878]
This document was included after the printed record of the Minutes of the Board under the date 7 June 1878. The transaction was also indexed: 'Lease to Mr J. A. McN. Whistler of plots Nos. 37 and 38 Tite - street. Sealed p. 878, para 24' (MBW 497, Index).

2.  W. Wyke Smith
William Wyke Smith (1808-1878), Solicitor, Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more].

3.  Metropolitan Board of Works
On 14 August 1877 JW ordered plans for a new house and studio, the White House, in Tite Street, from Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more] (#12335). The Metropolitan Board of Works objected to the simplicity of the facade designed by Godwin. They withheld the lease until additional, expensive, decorative details were added. JW moved into the White House in June 1878, and left in September 1879.