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System Number: 02575
Date: 31 October [1876][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Frederick Richards Leyland[2]
Place: [Liverpool]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L111
Document Type: ALd[3]

'No. 6[4]'

Dear Leyland -

I have enfin[5] received your cheque[6] - for six hundred pounds - I perceive - shorn of my shillings I perceive! - another fifty pounds off - Well I suppose that will do - upon the principal [sic] that anything will do -

Bon Dieu! what does it matter! -

The work[7], just created, alone remains the fact - and that it happened in the house of this one or that one is merely the anecdote - so that in [p. 2] some future dull Vassari[8] [sic] you also may go down to posterity, like the man who paid Corregio[9] in pennies[10]! -

Ever Yours

J A McN. Whistler

[butterfly signature]

2 Lindsey Houses - Chelsea

Tuesday 31 - Oct -

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1.  31 October [1876]
Year date from recipient and day of the week.

2.  Frederick Richards Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

3.  ALd
Published in Spencer, Robin, ed., Whistler: A Retrospective, New York, 1989, p. 121.

4.  No. 6
Double-underlined and written, probably in JW's hand, in top left-hand corner of sheet. He seems to have numbered his correspondence with Leyland over Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178) with a view to publication, although this did not take place.

5.  enfin
Fr., at last, finally.

6.  cheque
JW had already received advance payment of £400 and Leyland sent a cheque for £600 the previous day. This, he asserted, was the final payment due to JW (see F. R. Leyland to JW, #02574).

7.  work
The dining room at 49, Prince's Gate, F. R. Leyland's London home. JW worked through the summer months on a decorative scheme for the room, Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

8.  Vassari
Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), author of Lives of the artists.

9.  Corregio
Antonio Allegri da Correggio (b. 1489 or 1494, d. 1534), fresco painter and draughtsman [more].

10.  pennies
JW claimed payment for the decorations in guineas (one guinea amounted to £1.05). Although out of circulation by 1876, professional fees were sometimes still paid in guineas. Thus, JW was offended to have been paid in what he regarded as tradesman's pounds and claimed that Leyland's payment fell short by £50.