Documents associated with: White House, alterations
Record 19 of 24
System Number: 10751
Date: 20 May 1878
Recipient: George and William Webb
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3/28/1
Document Type: ALS
Messrs G. & W. Webb -
Dear Sirs -
This I have no doubt you will thoroughly approve and I do trust you will now let no more uncertainties hinder the completion of the work so near its termination -
Believe me Very Sincerely Yours
J A McN. Whistler
96. Cheyne Walk. Chelsea
May 20th 1878.
Envelope:Messrs. G.& W. Webb.
9. or 11 Austin Friars
[stamp]: POSTAGE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] WEST BROMPTON S. W. / 1 6 / MY20 / 78
[postmark on verso:] LONDON E. C. / A N / MY20 / 78
See JW to Metropolitan Board of Works, #04058. JW also sent a copy of the letter to Benjamin Ebenezer Nightingale (b. 1838), builder [more] of the White House (see note below and JW to B. E. Nightingale, #04301).
4. Board of Works
The London Metropolitan Board of Works was a municipal body responsible for major schemes of public works. It also had a planning role in the development of new public thoroughfares.
A reference to the White House, JW's studio house at Tite Street, then under construction. The Board objected to the plain facade in the original design by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more], and withheld the land lease until changes were made.