Documents associated with: Peacock Room
Record 28 of 79
System Number: 02575
Date: 31 October 
Recipient: Frederick Richards Leyland
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L111
Document Type: ALd
Dear Leyland -
I have enfin received your cheque - for six hundred pounds -
I perceive - shorn of my shillings I perceive! - another fifty pounds off - Well I suppose that will do - upon the principal [sic] that anything will do -
Bon Dieu! what does it matter! -
The work, just created, alone remains the fact - and that it happened in the house of this one or that one is merely the anecdote - so that in [p. 2] some future dull Vassari [sic] you also may go down to posterity, like the man who paid Corregio in pennies! -
J A McN. Whistler
2 Lindsey Houses - Chelsea
Tuesday 31 - Oct -
1. 31 October 
Year date from recipient and day of the week.
Published in Spencer, Robin, ed., Whistler: A Retrospective, New York, 1989, p. 121.
4. No. 6
Double-underlined and written, probably in JW's hand, 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.
Fr., at last, finally.
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).
Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574), author of Lives of the artists.
JW claimed payment for the decorations in guineas (one guinea amounted to £1.05). Although out of circulation by 1876, professional fees were sometimes still paid in guineas. Thus, JW was offended to have been paid in what he regarded as tradesman's pounds and claimed that Leyland's payment fell short by £50.