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Record 7 of 26

System Number: 08930
Date: [26 July 1878][1]
Author: Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale[2]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: MsD[3]


J. A. Mac. N. Whistler Esqr to

B. E. Nightingale,
Builder
Albert Works,
Albert Embankment -

1878.  Addenda Accounts for sundry daywork from June 1st to July 1st.

Erecting Scaffolds for and removing pediment from Front wall and making good coping to same.

Fixing tiles around stoves and attending fires to dry house and levelling backyard and watching premises.

Bricklayer 104 hours
Labourer   188   "
30 Half round coping bricks for 9" wall
5 Hods Mortar
100 5" yellow glazed tiles
90   4"     "        "       "
2 Bushels Portland
1 Ton Coals
Hire and cartage to and fro of Scaffolding
Watchman 3 weeks

Altering landing on the principal staircase. Taking down & refixing skirting Altering sash over door in Entrance Hall preparing and fixing fillets round Chimney pieces preparing and fixing looking

Forwards

[p. 2] Continued

glass in Dining Room Laying floor in bedrooms and corridor of rear buildings match boarding roof of corridor fixing door jambs hanging doors [putting?] on fastenings fixing Architrave mouldings to doors & windows & fixing Eaves guttering and rain water pipes

Carpenter 397 hours
12'0"   run 5 x 3 Fir
10 6    sap ¾" Deal
2500     "   ¾" Matched and beaded boarding
400. 0 Sap 1" prepared flooring
  14. 0   "   1¼   do        do
132. 0 run 7 x 1 Square skirting
140. 0   "   Bead
  36. 0   "   mosing
  64. 0   "   2½ x 1¼ Architrave
  24. 0   "   2 x 1½ deal moulded sash bar
  42. 0   "   2 x 1 Deal
8 lbs nails 6 Sheets glass paper
73. 0 run 4½ Semi eaves Gutters
10 Stopped ends
  3 Outlets
  2 Angles with outlets
21. 0 run 3" Rain waste pipe
1 Piece Silvered plate 30 x 18
4   do                  do. 14½ x 8.

Plastering walls and ceilings of Rooms at rear making good - plastering on principal stairs.

Forwards

[p. 3] Continued

Plasterer & Labourer 79 hours
3 Yards Lime and Hair
5 Cwt Plaster
7 Bundles Laths and nails
15 Hods Putty
½ Yard washed sand.

Fixing draw off cock to the American Copper.

Plumber & Labourer 7 hours
1 - ½ Brass Bib Cock

Poores a/c for Water fittings.

Washing floor of Upper Studio and twice staining and sizing same washing and repainting skirting Stopping rubbing down walls painting & distempering walls and ceilings of the several rooms staircases and Landings &c. also attending Mr.Whistler mixing colours to choice and colouring painting and recolouring walls of Dining Room. Preparing wall and colouring ceilings of Lower Studio and Room adjoining and walls several times to choice painting woodwork and plastering to Dado in 2 colours for enamelling also painting woodwork of rear buildings and corridor and colouring the brickwork and cleaning windows &c.

Weeks ending    
June 21st Painter 370½ hours
  "   28th     do 598½ hours
July 3rd     do 144   hours

 

[p. 4] Continued £

1 Cwt White lead
4   "   Whiting
10 Firkins Size
28 lbs Stopping
28  "   Putty 3 lbs Pumice
14  "   Patent Dryers
8    " Red lead in Oil
14  " Venetian Red Dry
3    " Ultramarine Blue
1    " Venetian Red in Oil
5    " Burnt Umber   do
5    "    do       dry
4    " Ochre       do
2½ " Vegetable Black
1    " Indigo
1    " Brunswick Green
3    " Mid Green
1    " Persian Red
7    " Raw Sienna in water
3    "   do    do   in Oil
3    " [Drop] Black in water
3    "  Refiners Verditer do
1    "  Chrome Yellow
4    "  Antwerp Blue
½ Pint Gold Size
1 Gallon Knotting
1½ do Stain (Oak)
5   do Linseed Oil
7   do Turps.
2   do Boiled Oil
4   dz sheets Glass Paper.

[p. 5] Continued

July 15th   Providing and making 5 springs
to 17th      Roller Blinds mounted with white union and fixing same in
                 upper Studio with guide were &c. complete

Providing making and fixing 8 Sprung Roller Blinds mounted with white linen and fittings complete

Providing making and fixing 13 Roller Blinds mounted with union and fittings complete

July 26th Taking off fastenings of front door and fixing new Chubbs Latch and Bolts

Carpenter 9 hours

1 Chubbs Patent Night Latch with 2 Keys

2 - 12 " Brass Barrel Bolts and screws in exchange for iron.

Total of account No 2 £ 170 13 9 [in JW's hand]

[p. 6] [illegible words, Nightingale's address as p. 1?]

Albert Embankment

1877    
Oct 29th To amount of [?d] for the erection of  
  "The White House" Tite Street Albert  
  Embankment 1910   "   "

 

Nov 30th To amount of [illeg] for Tie Bolts  
to Roof alter[ations?] to Dormer and  
building half brick partition in  
Basement in cement in lieu of  
mortar &c.   21  10  "
To amount of Estimate for alteration }  
of Buckwork of Front Elevation }   42    "  "
To Cost of alteration to Front }  
Elevation as required by the }  
Metropolitan Board of Works as }  
per Surveyors quantities } 106   5  "

 

[written vertically in left margin in JW's hand:] Agreed amounts included in Total page 15.

Building chimney Breasts in the two party walls in Cement in lieu of Mortar.

Additional Work in carrying back chimney breast in Dining Room Fireplace in [illegible] and black through [altered?] partition.

[p. 7] Measured Account.
Extra Excavation to House

The digging to surface being 1ft 9 deep in lieu of 1ft.

Yds.      
66. 0 0 Cubl. Dig and cart away from surface.

 

Raising Boundary Wall next Stables

Ft in.    
41 0 Run Taking off brick on edge coping
      in cement and resetting same.
144 0 Sap 1 Brick wall in mortar
246 0   " Picked Stock Facings as described.

 

Additional Work in Butler's Pantry

    1 9 x 5 Air Brick and facing
Feet ins.    
9 0 Run 4" x 3" Fir joist
12 6 Sap ¾" Matched and Bladed Boarding
13 3 " 1¼" Wrought both sides and x tongued Shelf
3 9 " 1¼" Clamped top to sink
3 0 Run 5" x ½" Skirting
      No. 2 Rounded Corners
      " 2 Mitred Angles
19 6 Run Labour to Chamfer
3 0 " Raking cutting and waste on ¾" boarding
6 3 " Rounded edge to ¼"
9 6 " Labour to bead
3 6 " 3" x 2" Wrought Bearers -

 

[p. 8] Brot. forward

Feet in.    
4 0 Run 5 x ¾" Fascia
3 4 " 2" x 2" Wrought all round legs
2 0 " 3" x 1½" Rounded nosing
4 2 " 2" x 1" Wrought fillet
11 1 Sup 1½" Wrought and framed enclosure to sink
      1 Extra to door in same
      1 pair 2" Buffs and screws
      1 " 3"   "   "    "
    No 1 1¼" Brass Knob
    " 1 2½" Japanned Button -
8 4 Sup 1½" Wrought and dovetailed - sides to sink
3 6 " 1½" Do bottom screwed on
Cwt. grs. lbs  
1 0 0 Milled lead and labour on sink

 

Feet ins.    
12 8 Run Soldered angles
8 0 " Close copper nailing
10 0 " 1½" Lead waste
20 0 " ¾" Service pipe
      No. 1 ⅝" HP Bib Cock and Joint
      " 1¾" Joint & 1¾" Stop End.
      " 1 1½" Lead Syphon Trap with screw cap.
      " 1 1" Washer and Plug

 

Yds ft ins.    
2/3 0 0 Sup Lath plaster float Set and 2ce Whiten
3 0 0   " 3 Oils

 

[p. 9] Brot. forward.

Additional Plastering

Yards Feet ins.    
271 0 0 Sup Rough stucco coat (only) to walls of Studio
  198 0 " ditto ditto in small panels between framing
220 0 0 " 2cc Color Walls of Large Studio
  104 6 " Portland Cement Square. angle
  34 0 Run Portland Cement rounded angles 5" Gert
  8 0 " Portland Cement Square angles
  99 8 " 4" x ½" Portland Cement Square
        Skirting in Basement
        13 Stopped ends
        11 Mitred angles
Yds       4 External angles.
4 0 0 Sup Plain face on Portland

 

2 Small cupboard Doors and
Enclosures to Stairs in Upper Studio

19 0 Run 3 x 3 [Mot. 2ce?] rebated and double beaded door frame.
      No. 2 Dowels and mortices on fir
26 0 " 6 x 1½" Wrought rebated and beaded jambs
18 0 " 3½" architrave moulding 2 Mitres
12 6 Sup 1¼" Square framed doors
30 3 " 1½" 3 Panel do hung folding
63 0 " 1" Wrought both sides Matched and beaded boarding -
7 0 Run Extra to circular corner to same
37 0 " 5" x 1¼" Wrought Ledges.
35 0 Sup 1" Matched & Beaded Top.

 

[p. 10] Brot. forward

Ft. ins.    
14 6 Run 3½ x 1½ Moulded capping
      3 mitres 2 Stops
      1 Circular corner 3" Girt
      1 Small Door frame hung complete 5.0 x 1.0
13 6   " Labour to Bead
13 6   " Do       "  Rebate
13 6   " Do       "  Rounded corner on 1½ deal.
      3 Pairs 2½ Bulls and Screws.
      2   Do  3½   "       "       "
      2         3½ Cupboard Locks
      2         1¼ Brass Knobs
      1         6" Rim Lock and Brass Furniture
      2         10" Brass Flush Bolts

 

Yds      
27 0 0 Sup Painting 3 Oils
      1 Door and frame
  19 6 1" Skeleton frame jointed in 3 ft lengths covered with
      felt and fitted into fillets in floor to deaden the
      sound

 

Extra Work in Water Closet next Studio

52 0 Sup. ¾" Matched and beaded lining and battening plugged
                  to wall
  9 6 Run 2" x 1¼" Nosing
      5 Mitres and two 2 stopped ends
  9 0 Sup 1½" Wrought and framed Lavatory.
              Enclosure circular on Plan
              1 Extra to Door in same
              1 Pair Brass butts & screws
              1 Brass Turnbuckle

 

[p. 11] Brot. forward

Yds Ft in    
9 0 0 Sup 4 Oils

 

Inserting 13 Ivory Rings in Newels of Stairs
Forming small panel pilaster in Hall and making good plastering to same.
1 Strong framed Plate Rack 3 ft wide and 2 Tiers high with 3
cantilevers and sunk dripboard fixed complete in Scullery.

Stoves and Setting same

1 Empress American Cooking range with cooking utensils complete including carriage and setting.

Yds        
4   0 0 Sup Portland Cement rendering for tiles
        130 Red glazed tiles and fixing same
  11 0 Run 2 " x ½" T iron and fixing
    9 6 Sup 3/16" Wrought Iron plate and folding
    3 0 Run 1½ x ¼" Iron plates rivetted on to Flue plates
    2 6   " 9" Coat Flue pipe filled to stove
        1 Cutting and fitting flue pipe to Wrought Iron casing
        1 American Copper carriage & firing
        2 New Sun stoves carriage & fixing in Upper studio
  18 8   " Strong wrought Iron Flue pipe and fitting to Stove
        3 Extra to Elbow to same
        2 Strong purpose made Wrought Iron
        stays halved and bolted together
        2 Holes into Flue and making good.

 

[p. 12] Brot. forward

1 No. 680 Norwich stove with polished Brass Front 18" wide and setting in Drawing Room.

2 No. 680 ditto Berlin Black 24" wide.

4 No. 670 ditto 18" wide.

40 5" Yellow Glazed Tiles & fixing

Additional Chimney Pieces

1. Ornamental deal Chimney Piece to design for lower Studio and altering & fixing same

5 Skeleton framed Chimney Pieces with moulded shelves and fixing complete and making good plastering round same.

Additional Buildings at Back of Houses

Yds Ft In    
77½ 0 0 Cube Dig and cart from Surface
6 1/3 0 0 " Dig and cart from Trenches
0 0 " Concrete as described
24 0 0 Sup. Hard dry rubbish and spread 6" thick
Rods        
2 74 0 " Reduced Stock Brickwork in Mortar
  14 0 " ½ Brick wall in mortar
  1356 0 " Extra to Picked stock facing as described
  6 9 " Extra to Axed Segmental Arch
  7 6 " Rough Cutting
  1 0 " Cutting to Skewback
  69 0 Run Extra to Brick on edge in Cement to 1 Brick wall.

 

[p. 13] Brot. forwards

Ft. ins.    
60 0 Run Extra to [overseal?] 1 court in cement
30 0 " Rake cutting 1 Brick Wall
93 6 " White Suffolk brick on edge splayed course
37 0 " Rake and Point to stepped flashing
47 0 " Bedding Oak all in cement.
      10 Ends of [teniers?] Cut and pinned
      7 Window sills Bidded and pointed
      1 Door Frame   do    do
      26 Wood Bricks or fixing fillets
24 0 " 4" Drain pipe average 2ft deep.
      2.4" Junctions 3.4 Blinds
      3 Small cesspools complete
21 3 " 9" x 3" Rubbed York all weathered and Threaded
      12 Fair Ends to bills
11 0 " 9 x 4  do  do
      2 Fair Ends to bills
      10 Dowels & mortices in fir and stone
Sqrs 4 / 72 0 Sup Best Green Countess Slating as described
75 1 Cube Fir Framed
      2 Centres to openings 2'6" wide & 4½" [Soffete]
1 0 " Fir framed & wrought 3 sides
18 0 Run 4½ x 3 Wrought rebated & beaded door frame
32 0 " 3 x 4 do. 2 cl rebated & 2 beaded door frame
39 0 " 5 x 3½ Wrought rebated & beaded head
56 0 " 5 x 4 Wrought rebated & 2cl beaded Mullion
48 0 " 6 x 3 Wrought weathered and Throated Oak window bill framed at ends
70 0 " Filter
33 6 " 7" x 1¼" Ridge
30 6 " Ridge Roll

 

[p. 14] Brot. forward

Feet ins    
32 0 Run Secret Gutter
19 3 " Wrought Fillet 3 x 1
19 3 " Plugging to wall
67 0 " Wrought and Beaded Fascia 6" x ¾"
6 0 " Rake cutting and waste to ¾" Matched and beaded Boarding
10 0 Sup ¾" Rough Boarding & fixing
43 0 " ¾" Wrot. matched beaded Boarding
57 0 " 1" Wrought both sides & ledged Doors
21 0 " 2" - 4 Panel Bead Flush and square door
Sqrs 4/ Ft ins    
20 0 " Slate battening as described
126 0 " 1½" Ovals Molded fixed lights in small squares
40 3 Run Labour to splayed edge on ditto
      17 Notched ends to joists
      50 Splayed cutting to feet of rafters
      1 Pair wrought Butts & Screws
      3 "  15" Cross gametts & do.
      1 x 6" Mortice Lock and Brass Furniture

 

Laying Gutters ridging &c.
Zinc Worker 23 hours
93.0 Sup No. 16 Guage [sic] Zinc 2lbs Solder
Nails Screws Burrs &c.
Yds -   -
94   0  0 Sup Knot prime and 2 Oils
District surveyors Fees &c.

[p. 15] Brot. forward

Day Work account

1878  
Feb 7 15th Cutting away roof bording of house
        preparing for and lengthening
        the skylights
Carpenter 142 hours
Painter   15   Do
Labourer   20   Do
25.8 Sup   1½" Deal
40.0   "   1¾"   Do
47.0   "   2¼"   Do
5lbs Mixed Nails 1lb Glue
5 Dozen 1½" Screws  
4lbs White lead  
7 " Color  
62.6 Sup 1/8" Hartleys Rolled Plain Glass
25 Copper clips  

 

Battening out brickwork to end walls of Upper Studio to form recess
Carpenter   99 Hours
Lather          8   "
Labourer    13   "
90.0 run 4½ x 3 Fir
399.0 "   3 x 2 do 28lbs Nails
15 Bundles Laths 15lbs Nails
48 Yds Sup Render Set & finish hut Rough Stucco

Putting up Scaffolding to East & West walls taking down to Chimney Pots & Fixing Terra cotta flue Divisions making good and clearing away scaffolding

[p. 16] Brot. forward

Bricklayer       48 Hours
Labourer       120   "
30 Stocks   30 Plain Tiles
4 Hods Mortar
10   "    Portland Cement
14 Terracotta flue divisions
Hire of scaffolding
Cutting out brickwash in front wall
taking down R. W. pipes cutting
chases on inside of wall & making good --
Bricklayer                25 Hours
Zinc worker & mate 13   "
Labourer                  25   "
12 white Facing Bricks
4 Hods Portland Cement
½ lead Rubbish away
2 x 4" Swan necks (Purpose made)
1   3 "   Do              Do

Cutting new door opening taking down & refixing door jambs to suit altered height of stairs & making good

Bricklayer   8 Hours
Carpenter 13   "
Labourer   8   "
12 Stocks  
12 Hods Cement  
3 lbs Nails  

 

Forming false arch in Lower Studio

Carpenter 15 hours
Plasterer & Lbr. 15   "
24.0} run 3 x 2 fir
7.6}  
3.4 Sup ¾" Deal  
1 Bundle Laths & Nails  

 

[p. 17] Brot. Forward

2 Hods Lime & Hair
1 Hod Stucco
½ Bushel Portland

Taking down door jamb & partition in W.C. top floor and making good

Carpenter 13 Hours
7.0 run 7 x 1¼ prepared floor
3lbs mixed nails

Fixing rebated door jambs and architraves on each side of same in Hall & on Landing first floor and sash in Hall and making good.

Carpenter 58 Hours
Plasterer 25   "
Labourer 25   "
Painter   9   "

 

in 2" Moulded sash in 9 squared size 3.6" x 3.7"
49.0 run 6 x 3 wrought & [2sce?] rebated door jamb
4.0   "   6 x 2½ wrought & 4 times rebated transome
8.0 run Labour to groove 1½" girt.
97.4  "   2½ x 1 Architrave Moulding
3.0 Sup 1" Deal, nails & c.
3lbs Color

Taking up stone & brick paving in Studio resettling same in altered position & making good floors &c.

Bricklayer 12 Hours
Carpenter 25   "
Labourer 12   "

 

[p. 18] Brot. forward

¼ Yd Concrete in Cement
½ Bushel Portland Cement
½    "      Sand
48 ft run 7 x 1¼" prepared flooring
7lbs nails

Preparing & fixing Dado moulding in Dining Room

Carpenter    24 Hours
Painter         5   "
11.2 Sup 1¼" deal
2lbs color

Preparing fixing & painting one ornamental sideboard in Dining Room

Carpenter 238 Hours
Plasterer & Labourer 12 "
Painter 10 "

 

7.1 Sup. 2" Deal
4.2   " 1½  "
22.0   " 1¼  "
7.0   " 1     "
17.6   " ¾    "
4.0   " ¼    "
5.8 Run. 1 3/8 x 1½ Deal
5.6   " 1¼ x 1 Molding
20.0   " ¾ x 5/8 Do.

 

1lb nails 2"
1'.0" Glue
4 Sheets Glass paper
1½ Cut PLaster
1 Hod Lime & Hair
½  Do.     Putty
5lbs color
¼ - Pint knotting

[p. 19] Brot. forward

Cutting opening in wall of Dining Room and preparing & fixing one ornamental Serving Hatch fitting all to detail and making good round same with cornice &c.

Carpenter 308 Hours
Plasterer & Labr 25   "
Painter 15   "

 

3.8 Sup 3" Deal
1.5   " 2¼ Do
12.6   " 1¼ Do
10.0 }   " 1   Do
  2.6 }    
41.8   " ¾  Do
17.1   " ½  Do

 

1½lbs Beads
1 " Glue
7 Sheets Glass paper
1½ Cwt Plaster
2 Hods Lime & Hair
1 Hods Putty
5lbs color

Forming cupboard over kitchen stairs

Carpenter 462 Hours
Plasterer     8   "
Painter     5   "
Labourer     8   "

 

24.0 Sup Wrought Deal
36.0   " ¾" Wrought Matched & beaded boarding
16.0 run 3 x 2 Wrought Bearer
19.0   " 3 x ¾ fillet

 

1 Pair 3" wrought butts & screws
1 3½ Cupboard lock
1 Cwt Plaster
1 Hod Putty

[p. 20] Brot. forward

Cutting out panels & fixing glass in lieu of same to Passage kitchen & Pantry Doors

Carpenter   11 hours
56 ft run 3/8" sash bead
10ft Sup. Sheet glass

Cutting off bib cock in Lavatory, Upper floor and making good

Plumber   4 hours
Labourer  4   "
1½ lbs. solder

Making good Match boarding taken down for altering pipe - top Studio

Carpenter   6 hours
Nails &c.   do

Add Foreman and Watchman 3 Weeks
Add loss through delay & stoppage and expense
Total of first account £ 587 6 3
[written in JW's hand]

[p. 21]

          653 - 7 - 0
[apr]      7.  7 - 0
[???]      5 - 5 - 0
Valued 32. 13. 6
         698. 12. 6


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Notes:

1.  [26 July 1878]
Dated from last recorded date in account.

2.  Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more]. Although the document implies JW sent it to Nightingale, it is clearly Nightingale's account. He was the principal builder in charge of the 'White House' designed for JW by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

3.  MsD
The account book (or books) covers the period from February to July 1878. It came with JW's bankruptcy papers to James Anderson Rose (1819-1890), solicitor [more].