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System Number: 04051
Date: 8 March 1878
Author: George John Vulliamy[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Edward William Godwin[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler M322
Document Type: ALS


METROPOLITAN BOARD OF WORKS.
ARCHITECT'S OFFICE,

SPRING GARDENS, S. W.

March 8th 1878

Dear Sir,

Chelsea Emb[ankmen]t
Re Whistler

I shall be happy to see you tomorrow at 12 o'c[lock] for the purpose referred to in the correspondence between the Solicitors[3]. I hope you will be prepared to submit some comprehensive modification of the elevation

Yours faithfully

George Vulliamy

E. W. Godwin Esq

[p. 2][4] 'saw Mr Vulliamy who after much talk - that the design was like a dead house & so forth - gave it as his opinion that if another drawing was prepared showing more Architectural detail it would pass & that he would do his best to get it passed.

Whistler present.

Saturday. Mar. 9. 78'


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Notes:

1.  George John Vulliamy
George John Vulliamy (1817-1886), Superintending Architect with the Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more]. The Metropolitan Board of Works withheld the lease for JW's new house, the White House on Tite Street, until alterations were made to the design of the facade, incorporating decorative panels.

2.  Edward William Godwin
Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more].

3.  Solicitors
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more], and William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more], for JW, and William Wyke Smith (1808-1878), Solicitor, Metropolitan Board of Works, London [more], for the Board (see #04050).

4.  [p. 2]
Page two is written in the hand of E. W. Godwin.