Documents associated with: house repair
Record 8 of 16
System Number: 10727
Date: [25 July 1870]
Recipient: James Anderson Rose
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/46/22
Document Type: ALS
2 Lindsey Row -
Dear Rose -
I am really very anxious to get that house (Merton Villa) and if they will not let it for less, we must take it for the 130 per. an. they ask -
However try and get it for me at the best bargain possible - and I doubt not they will do all that is necessary in the way of putting anything in order that may require it - as [p. 2] for instance the fencing or pailing [sic] -
I had scarcely a chance to thank you the other day as I wished to for the kind way in which you with all your occupations came to see me - but I know you will understand how grateful I really felt although the engagement I had previously made with Leyland took me away from you. [p. 3]
Believe me my dear Rose with many thanks
Ever Yours sincerely
J A McN Whistler
[p. 4]'Whistler - No date'
'23' written in an unknown hand at top left corner of p. 1.
4. Merton Villa
The house was at 278a, King's Road, Chelsea (see JW to J. A. Rose, #11969). It appears that he planned to build a studio in its extensive grounds (see A. M. Whistler to J. A. Rose, #12215). However, negotiations to rent the house were unsuccessful and JW remained at Lindsey Row until June 1878. See also #08912, #10728, #11851, #11852.
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more]. Leyland had been JW's patron for several years and had commissioned him to paint his family (see YMSM 95-7, 106-11; M.425-6 ). JW was about to start work on Arrangement in Black: Portrait of F. R. Leyland (YMSM 97) at Speke Hall, Leyland's home near Liverpool. As Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more] explained, he was 'there to paint a full length life size portrait of Mr. Leyland, which he writes me is getting on capitally' (see A. M. Whistler to James Gamble, #06545).
6. 'Whistler - No date'
Inscription, probably in Rose's hand.