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System Number: 00702
Date: [10 September 1893?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: John James Cowan[2]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C203
Document Type: ALS

Rue du Bac - Paris.

Sunday -

Dear Mr Cowan -

I shall be quite glad to take up our sittings again - We made such head way the last time that I fancy we shall have but little trouble now -

I shall be ready for you on Wednesday or Thursday - and will let you know which by Tuesday's post. Two o'clock is our hour - and I think we had better have [p. 2] our first couple of sittings in solemn solitude! before we ask Mrs Cowan[3] to come and look at what we have done in her absence -

With my compliments to her and kindest regards
Always sincerely Yours

J McN Whistler

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1.  [10 September 1893?]
Dated from day of week ('Sunday' fell on 10 September in 1893), and reference to Cowan in JW to A. Reid, dated '[10 September 1893]' (#03247). JW mentioned to Reid that Cowan was coming for a sitting, apparently on Wednesday, at two o'clock.

2.  John James Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more]. Cowan had been sitting for a portrait, Arrangement in Grey and Green: Portrait of J. J. Cowan (YMSM 402).

3.  Mrs Cowan
Sophy Cowan (b. ca 1850), née Gillespie, wife of J. J. Cowan [more]. JW was probably thinking of the earlier sittings in May 1893 when Mrs Cowan read Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island aloud in the studio (see JW to J. J. Cowan, #00704). See also Cowan, John J., From 1846-1932, Edinburgh, 1933, pp. 156-57, 168-73.