Documents associated with: Peacock Room
Record 29 of 79
System Number: 02578
Date: 1 November 1876
Author: Frederick Richards Leyland
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L114
Document Type: ALS
[embossed monogram:] 'FRL'
1 Nov 1876
I have received your two letters and am more surprised than I can tell you that you should think fit to write to me in such a tone. The work is not yet finished and it is really intolerable that you should feel aggrieved that the balance of the complete [p. 2] payment was only sent to you on Monday instead of Saturday - the very day of my return.
As to the amount I distinctly recollect my offer (which you accepted) was to pay a thousand pounds and I am certainly not inclined to pay more.
Fred. R. Leyland
[p. 3, rough sketches, possibly by JW]
2. No. 7
Double-underlined. Written in hand of JW. 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 materialise.
The dining room at 49, Prince's Gate, F. R. Leyland's London home. JW worked through the summer months on Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178), a decorative scheme for the room. According to the diarist Alan Cole on 26 October, JW was still working on the peacock feathers on the panels below the wainscot (see #12986).
Having already paid JW £400, Leyland sent JW a cheque for £600. This, he asserted, was the final payment due to JW (see F. R. Leyland to JW, #02574). However JW claimed payment for the decorations in guineas (one guinea was equivalent to £1.05). Although out of circulation by 1876, professional fees were sometimes still paid in guineas. Thus, JW claimed that Leyland's payment fell short by £50.
6. rough sketches
On this page is a caricature in charcoal of a male figure (perhaps Leyland) and two strutting peacocks or grasshoppers.