The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1877
Record 3 of 119

System Number: 07086
Date: [April/May 1877?][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Lewis Strange Wingfield[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1075
Document Type: ALS

2. Lindsey Row[3]. Cheyne Walk
Chelsea -
by the water side opposite Old Battersea bridge

My dear Wingfield -

Not a scrap of paper can I find upon which properly to thank you - and indeed nothing that I could say would tell you how much I feel your kind courtesy in lending me your Studio[4] - No greater happiness could have befallen me as you will know when you see the cramped space[5] in which I am at present obliged to carry on my work -

I shall send in some of my things at the beginning of the week - May I? - Are you [p. 2] sure that I am not abusing your good nature by so immediately rushing in?

Just a line to say whether it be really convenient to let my pots and paints take their place in the studio on Monday or Tuesday - and don't forget that you are going to dine here with me on tuesday - at 8. o'clock - but you will come earlier - say a little before 7 - to look at some things? -

Ever sincerely Yours

J A McN Whistler

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [April/May 1877?]
Dated from address, butterfly signature, and reference to lack of space (see below).

2.  Lewis Strange Wingfield
Lewis Strange Wingfield (1842-1891), painter, traveller, actor and writer [more].

3.  Lindsey Row
The row was renamed and renumbered in 1874 when No. 2 Lindsey Row became 96 Cheyne Walk, but the Lindsey Row address is occasionally used on letters written after 1874.

4.  Studio
This may have been at No. 8, Maida Vale, where Wingfield was living around this time.

5.  space
As well as any ongoing work in the studio, JW had to prepare for exhibition the eight works submitted to the Summer Exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, which opened on 1 May 1877, including Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170). To solve the problems of limited studio space, on 14 August 1877, JW ordered plans for a new studio house, the White House, in Tite Street, from Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more] (#12335).