Documents associated with: UKCoombe Hill Farm
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System Number: 00513
Date: [May 1881]
Author: Janey Sevilla Campbell
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C14
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mr Whistler
A thousand thanks for the trellis designs. They were forwarded here. I fully intended going to see yr [p. 2] little cousin make her debût but not on Sat. for I do not return till Monday. I think I shall go Tues. to see her, & will [p. 3] let you know. It wd be so nice if you cld come here for these few days[.] Mrs Sartoris is telegraphing to you about it - little [p. 4] Walter is coming tomorrow for a day or two.
A. is writing to me about 6 furious missives a day consequent on the revelations made to him by the exasperated [p. 5] decorators of Coombe Farm. The last thing he has on his mind is the Antwerp blue wh I said must be used for the outside trellis. On every page he alludes [p. 6] to "Jimmies needless trellis". So until this is set right i.e (put up on the wall I hope) don't go to see him - or you will have to buy the 100 sets [p. 7] of armour!
I have quite come to the conclusion that the fairy effect would be more complete wth the peacock colors as you first suggested: Mrs Sartoris is most [p. 8] anxious you shd come. I fear you will be already in full swing wth yr etchings.
Yrs very truly
8. Coombe Farm
Coombe Hill Farm, the Campbells' home at Norbiton, Kingston-on-Thames.
A reference to Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5). According to the diarist George Lucas, JW had also recently been in Paris to deliver some Venice etchings. See entry dated 14 April: 'Visit from Whistler bringing his Venice Eaux Fortes' (Randall, Lillian, ed., George A. Lucas: An American Art Agent in Paris, 1857-1909, Princeton, 1979, p. 518).