The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08090
Date: [September/December 1876][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: John Everett Millais[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/27/1
Document Type: ALS

Dear Millais -

I want to show the room[3] I have done at Leylands - No 49. Princes Gate - Will you come over there this evening at about half past five or six -

Ever yours

JAM'N. Whistler


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1.  [September/December 1876]
Dated from reference to Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178) (see below).

2.  John Everett Millais
John Everett Millais (1829-1896), artist [more].

3.  room
JW was at work on a decorative scheme for the dining room at 49, Prince's Gate, London home of Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more]. The room, designed by Thomas Jeckyll (1827-1881), architectural designer [more] before JW set to work on it, was intended to display Leyland's collection of blue and white porcelain and JW's two oils La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50) and The Three Girls (YMSM 88). Leyland permitted JW to make some modest alterations to the leather wall-hangings. However, JW's alterations overtook Jeckyll's original design and the room was reborn as Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).