The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02588
Date: [18/22 July 1877][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Frederick Richards Leyland[2]
Place: [Liverpool]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L124
Document Type: ALdS

[roundel with head of Leonardo]


I have had no time to write and am really fatigued with the whole thing -

Your letters are very bad form - and you seem to me as Carlyle says, "to be rapidly developing a capacity for becoming a bore" -

It is positively sickening to think that [p. 2] I should have labored to build up that exquisite Peacock Room[3] for such a man to live in! -

You speak of your "public position before the world" and apparently forget that the World only knows you as the possessor of that work they have all admired and whose price you refused to pay. -

A great deal remains to be said or perhaps written upon that subject whenever one has time or occasion - Meanwhile all that I do or say about it is quite open -

With reference to your family, as a Gentle[-]man, little as you know about it, I could not do otherwise than recognise old friends when I met the ladies who have always treated me with uniform kindness and courtesy -

Your last incarnation with a horsewhip, [p. 3] I leave you to work out - Whom the Gods intend to be ridiculous they furnish with a frill! -

J A McN. Whistler

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1.  [18/22 July 1877]
This is one of several drafts (#02586, #02587, #02588) of JW's reply to a letter from Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more], dated 17 July 1877 (#02585). It may be the final draft or copy of the letter that was sent, #02589. See #02589 for full notes.

2.  Frederick Richards Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

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