Documents associated with: Peacock Room
Record 26 of 79
System Number: 02573
Date: [24/30 October 1876]
Recipient: Frederick Richards Leyland
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L109
Document Type: ALd
"Put not your trust in Princes"... is not to the point, since you solemnly withdrew from that untenable position on friday last in favor of the Marquis of Westminster, - to my utter ruin and discomfiture! -
But my dear Leyland I did still trust in the 'British Business Man', to which safer role you carefully returned on that occasion - Was I wrong?
We agreed to bare [sic] alike the disaster of the decoration - I pay my thousand guineas as my share in the dining room, and you pay yours - bon! - but then [p. 2] mon cher you dont pay yours! -
I learned my lesson of friday and know that from a business point of view, money is all important and that Saturday should not have passed and Monday's post bring no cheque to
Your promising pupil in business wisdom
J A McN Whistler
Published in Spencer, Robin, ed., Whistler: A Retrospective, New York, 1989, p. 121.
4. No. 4
Double-underlined and written in hand of JW (in pencil) in top left-hand corner of sheet. He seems to have numbered his correspondence with Leyland over Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178) with a view to publication, although this did not take place.
5. trust in Princes
Psalm 146.3 - 'Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.'
The dining room at 49, Prince's Gate, F. R. Leyland's London home. JW worked through the summer months on a decorative scheme for the room, Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).