Documents associated with: Peacock Room
Record 11 of 79
System Number: 08058
Date: [20/31 August 1876]
Recipient: Frances Leyland
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscripts Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 2/16/11
Document Type: ALS
Dear Mrs. Leyland -
I have just come up from Hastings where I passed yesterday with the Mother who sends her best love to you -
Things are very tired and exhausted - The dining room however I suppose will be finished this week - It is something quite wonderful and I am extremely proud of it. As a decoration it is thoroughly new and most gorgeous though refined.
Tell Freddie that I think it will be a large sum [p. 2] but even then barely pay for the work - It is very difficult to know - I have received a charming letter from Flo - and will answer it - I suppose I may get off by the beginning of next week - Fancy the Bronsons have just written through Rose Chapman "the doctor" to say they are in Venice and have heard the rumor of my proposed journey thither! - If you are not all too busy will you write me some account of your doings - and perhaps say that you have received the letter I sent to you on Saturday.
With love to all believe me dear Mrs. Leyland
Very sincerely yours
J A McN Whistler
Anna Matilda Whistler (1804-1881), née McNeill, JW's mother [more]. In August 1875, Mrs Whistler settled in Hastings, Sussex for health reasons. In a letter to J. H. Gamble dated 8-9 September 1876 (#06560), she spoke of a visit from JW 'last month.'
8. Rose Chapman
Rose Chapman, a relation of the collector Alfred Chapman of Liverpool.
JW had been intending to visit Venice in 1876. However, his subsequent conflict with Frederick Leyland over the cost of the Peacock Room and lawsuit against John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more] meant that he did not make it to Venice until September 1879.
12. Tell me ... Dundee
Written upside down in top right-hand corner of sheet.