Documents associated with: Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1878
Record 7 of 11
System Number: 08738
Date: 12 September 1878
Author: Edward William Godwin
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 4/13
Document Type: ALS
'12 Sepr 1878'
8, VICTORIA CHAMBERS,
WESTMINSTER, S. W.
Sep. 12th 78.
My dear Old Man/
E W Godwin
[p. 2] 'Various - Godwin's No. 1.'
[butterfly signature x 2]
1. Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more] of JW's studio house at Tite Street, the White House. This is a reply to JW's letter of the previous day (#01748).
2. '12 Sepr 1878'
Date written in JW's hand at right-angles in right-hand margin.
3. Nightingales claims
Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more] of the White House. The previous spring work on the house was interrupted by a dispute with the London Metropolitan Board of Works. The Board insisted that JW and Godwin introduce decorative details into the original design of the house before they would grant a lease. JW, already stricken financially, was furious with Nightingale over his claim for the cost of these additions (some £900) and in a previous letter to Godwin, expressed his intention to seek legal redress (see JW to E. W. Godwin, #01748). Nightingale, on the other hand, was impatient for settlement of the account (see G. & W. Webb to JW, #08735).
A reference to the purchaser of Harmony in Yellow and Gold: The Butterfly Cabinet (YMSM 195), a fireplace with shelves above designed by Godwin and decorated by JW for Watt. Watt displayed it at the Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1878. (See also E. W. Godwin to JW, #08736).
7. Various ... No. 1
Note in JW's hand. It probably relates to his bankruptcy proceedings.