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System Number: 09604
Date: [8 February 1877][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Charles Edward Cutts Birch Appleton[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Manchester Central Library, Archives, Local Studies Unit, Manchester
Call Number: M38/4/2/25/235
Document Type: ALS[3]

49. Princes Gate[4]. W.

Mr. Whistler requests the pleasure of the Company of the Editor of the Academy[5] to Private View[6] on Friday Feb. 9th.

from 5. to 9. pm.

Press only

[butterfly signature]

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  [8 February 1877]
Dated from address and reference to private view.

2.  Charles Edward Cutts Birch Appleton
Charles Edward Cutts Birch Appleton (1841-1879), proprietor and editor of The Academy [more].

3.  ALS
Original part of a collection of autographs in Odds and Ends, volume for 1879, a manuscript magazine of St Paul's Sunday School, Bennett Street, Manchester. See also an autograph note by Samuel Luke Fildes (1844-1927), genre and portrait painter [more], and notes on JW and Fildes by Charles Rowley (1840-1933), councillor, art dealer, founder of the Ancoats Brotherhood, Manchester [more] (#13133, #13134).

4.  49. Princes Gate
London home of Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), shipowner, his wife Frances, and their children Frederick Dawson, Fanny, Florence and Elinor. JW had been at work on an interior scheme for F. R. Leyland, Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178) since the previous September. The word 'Princes' is double underlined, as are the words 'Press only' below.

5.  Academy
A literary and scientific review. It ran from 1869-1916.

6.  Private View
JW held a private view on 9 February 1877 in order to publicise his recent work. It was a success and extensive coverage appeared in papers including Rossetti, William Michael, 'Notes on Art and Archaeology,' The Academy: A Weekly Review of Literature, Science, and Art, new series, no. 11, no. 250, 17 February 1877, p. 147, Godwin, Edward W., 'Notes on Mr. Whistler's Peacock Room,' The Architect, 24 February 1877, pp. 118-19 and Anon., [Taylor, Thomas], 'A Peacock Room,' The Times, 15 February 1877, p. 4. He also distributed a pamphlet explaining his artistic intentions (see #02847). However, F. R. Leyland, absent in Liverpool, was annoyed by the intrusion. As he later told JW: 'It is scarcely necessary for me to notice your assertion that I am only known as the possessor of your peacock room. I hope it is not true; but if true it is doubly painful for, at the time so many newspaper puffs of your work appeared, I felt deeply enough the humiliation of having my name so prominently connected with that of a man who had degenerated into nothing but an artistic Barnum' (see F. R. Leyland to JW, 24 July 1877, #02593).