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System Number: 02397
Date: [5/30 May 1881][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Jackson and Graham[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler J18
Document Type: MsLS[3]


13 Tite Street
Chelsea S W

Gentlemen

That what you are pleased to call your "colour" should be out of "harmony" is only rational - what else was to be expected?

Of course it is execrable.

But for this you are not to be reproached.

Before however taking this rash step you certainly should have consulted the comfort and convenience of one of your earliest tenants, and that you should refuse to alter the vile decoction is monstrous.

Your hall is now an abomination in the sight of God and man -

[p. 2] I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant

J. McNeill Whistler


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Notes:

1.  [5/30 May 1881]
Dated from address and reference to decor in a letter from JW to Jackson and Graham, 4 May 1881 (#02385).

2.  Jackson and Graham
House and estate agents, surveyors, 30-38 Oxford Street. JW moved into a new studio and rooms at 13 Tite Street having signed a lease on the property on 22 March (see #02381).

3.  MsLS
This appears to be written in another unknown hand and signed by JW. It is published in an unknown sale catalogue, p. 66, lot 302.