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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04054
Date: [March 1878][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: George John Vulliamy[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M325
Document Type: ALS[3]


Dear Mr Vulliamy -

May I without indiscretion ask for my plans? - I trust that you are as pleased with them as I am myself - and that Godwin's charming drawings[4] have passed the Board and already received your signature as guarantee of their elegance -

If you have finished with them may they be given to my servant as I would much like to [p. 2] show them to friends tomorrow at breakfast -

I would remind you of your promise to come and see me in Chelsea - Perhaps if you are not engaged and would forgive this short notice I might persuade you too to do me the pleasure of breakfasting with me on Sunday at 11. o'clock -

Very faithfully Yours

J A McN. Whistler

96. Cheyne Walk - Chelsea -


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Notes:

1.  [March 1878]
Dated in context of letters discussing the revised plans for the White House (see below).

2.  George John Vulliamy
George John Vulliamy (1817-1886), Superintending Architect with the Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more].

3.  ALS
This may have been a draft or copy, since it remained in JW's possession.

4.  Godwin's charming drawings
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]. He designed the White House for JW in Tite Street. The facade had to be redrawn to in corporate additional decorative elements before the Metropolitan Board of Works would give JW the lease and planning permission.