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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 11341
Date: [September 1878?][1]
Author: Sydney Morse[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [unknown]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 14/1238-9
Document Type: TDc


We were married on June 1st 1878 and Whistler came down to Carshalton to our wedding party.

We had agreed that Cossins[3] should redistemper 96, Cheyne Walk in the scheme of colouring which Whistler decided for us. He was so afraid we should do it wrongly that he personally superintended the work and mixed the colour himself. In consequence of this a whole "wash" for the Dining room wall was spoilt as he forgot to stir it up at the right moment - there was great discussion about gold size. The hall had 2 fine panels[4] in blue on white by Whistler, 2 ships with sails set at (p. 2) sea. The house was coloured as "a sunset." The gold dado on the stairs was dotted with pink and white chrysanthemum petals. The drawing room we papered, also the studio, but not till Whistler had gone in Septr.


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Notes:

1.  [September 1878?]
Dated from the context given in the letter. However, this may be a recollection written at a later date.

2.  Sydney Morse
Sydney Morse (1854-1929), solicitor [more], whose tenancy followed that of JW's. JW left Cheyne Walk for his newly built studio house, the White House, sometime around 25 June 1878. Sydney Morse married Juliet Mary Morse (1853-1937), née Taylor, wife of Sydney Morse [more].

3.  Cossins
John S. Cossins (b. 1831 or 1832), painter and decorator [more].

4.  panels
See Designs for wall decorations: r.: Designs for 2 Lindsey Row; r. and v.: Whistler's House, 2 Lindsey Row (M.659) and Sketch design for decoration of passage of 96 Cheyne Walk (M.660).