Documents associated with: Peacock Room
Record 5 of 79
System Number: 02567
Date: 26 April 1876
Author: Frederick Richards Leyland
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L103
Document Type: ALS
26 Apr 1876
Jekell writes to know what colour to do the doors and windows in [the] dining room. He speaks of two yellows and white - Would it not be better to do it like [the] dado in the hall - i.e using dutch metal in large masses. It ought to go well with the leather. I [p. 2] wrote to him suggesting this but I wish you would give him your ideas -
Fred R Leyland
Envelope:J. M. Whistler Eq
2 Lindsey houses
Old Battersea bridge
London S W
[stamp:] POSTAGE / ONE PENNY
[postmark:] H 19 / [LIVER]POOL / 26 AP / 76
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S. W. / [8?] 7 / AP 27 / 76
3. dining room
A reference to work in progress on the dining room of Leyland's new London house at 49 Prince's Gate. The Leylands purchased the lease in 1874 but extensively remodelled the house before moving in. The dining room was intended to house La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50) and The Three Girls (YMSM 88). Jeckyll designed an interior scheme for the dining room which incorporated narrow open shelves for the display of Leyland's collection of blue and white porcelain. See Merrill, Linda, The Peacock Room. A Cultural Biography, New Haven and London, 1998, pp. 206-7 for an account of this period. Later, during the summer, JW's alterations overtook Jeckyll's original design and the room was reborn as the decorative scheme Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).
The gilt leather that Leyland had purchased through Marks for £1000 (see Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, and Joseph Pennell, The Whistler Journal, Philadelphia, 1921, p. 109). It was hung on the walls of the dining room. For an explanation of the technique of 'gilding' leather see Merrill, Linda, The Peacock Room. A Cultural Biography, New Haven and London, 1998, p. 191.
Gillow, of Gillow and Co., builders and decorators.
Perhaps a reference to one of a suite of tapestries which hung in the morning room of 49 Prince's Gate. They are recorded in the Christie, Manson and Woods, Catalogue of the Very Valuable Collection of Ancient and Modern Pictures of Frederick Richards Leyland, Esq., sale catalogue, London, 28 May 1892 , p. 7.