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System Number: 05060
Date: [14 January/March 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Messrs Rutley, Son and Vine[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P700
Document Type: ALdI




Messrs Rutley Son & Vine -

Gentlemen -

I beg to acknowledge your letter of the 13th[3] -

The Studio that I prefer, is the further one - "No 2", as it was agreed between with your Clerk to call it -

I went over it again yesterday more thoroughly - and have come to the conclusion that I might do well enough with it, provided you two [illegible words] we under certain conditions, as understood am prepared to make you an offer As understood with your clerk the floors of the place, Studio, room, etc would be thoroughly cleaned - [p. 2] A suitable good An excellent stove put in the studio - (Your Clerk assured me that in this I should be quite satisfied without anxiety - one of the new as it would be your desire to satis make your tenant comfort -) The fireplace in the studio and the one in the Dressing or [illegible] room to be in perfect order - - The gas pipes in order to receive the lamp pendant from ceiling whatever burners I may choose to have put up - All The windows perfectly cleaned and in perfect running order - working smoothly and with ease - Doors - & locks & keys all in order -

And now the one thing of the greatest importance of all - It is absolutely impossible that anything should be done in that studio with the walls & ceiling of their present shocking tone & colour! -

The remedy I would exact is on the other hand of the most inexpensive kind - It is only to have the whole interior them covered with a couple of coats of whitewash - (distemper) -

The exact colour I will superintend myself -

This involves no complication of fancy time or fancy painting - Simply the stirring into the tub of whitewash some powder colours - such as Venetian red - yellow ochre - etc sufficient to stain the whole -

The size must however be good & strong - or

The studio then will [be] five times as light and the small room that is now squalid and gloomy, bright and cheerful - and the whole place smart and fit for an artist to paint in with pleasure -

If then you will do these things - and undertake to do them at once (the w beginning immediately, I will take take the place as a yearly[4] tenant, at the rent of £50. per annum. including rates & taxes -

[p. 3] If you wish to confer with my Solicitors they are Messrs G & W W[5] .

For further enquiries I would refer you
to Mr D. C. Thom[son][6] Director. Messrs Goupil
5. Regent Street

My bankers are
Messrs Drummond[7] -

I am Gent
Yours s——y


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1.  [14 January/March 1896]
The watermark on the paper is '1895'; and JW took a new studio at 8 Fitzroy Street in March 1896.

2.  Messrs Rutley, Son and Vine
Auctioneers, architects, surveyors, house and estate agents and valuers, of 6 George Street, Euston Road, London NW.

3.  letter of the 13th
Not located

4.  yearly
Double underlined.

5.  Messrs G & W W
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more]; and William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

6.  Mr D. C. Thom[son]
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

7.  Messrs Drummond
George James Drummond (1835-1917), banker [more].