Documents associated with: Cowan, Sophy
Record 7 of 22
System Number: 00708
Date: [February 1895]
Recipient: John James Cowan
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C209
Document Type: ALS
NEW BOND STREET.
My dear Mr. Cowan -
We came upon the advice of my brother, that we might be near him and have the advantage of English nursing and care -
These long weeks of cruel weather [p. 2] have been terribly against us - and my wife is still not well - but we hope soon to get back to our home, for we have had a sad time of it since we left it -
All this will show you why there has been this strange silence, and why your very kind letter has remained without an answer - As you may well imagine, I have been unable to think of anything -
But now we send you many messages and our best wishes for this new year - though they do come late! -
We look forward then to seeing you and Mrs. Cowan in the studio and the garden - for there ought to be an early spring after this terrible winter! - And then to the sittings and the charming readings to encourage us -
With our very kindest regards to you both, always sincerely yours
J McN. Whistler
1. [February 1895]
Dated from the address, reference to the New Year and to Beatrix Whistler's health (see below).
Written at right-angles to the printed address.
Untraced. It probably related to Arrangement in Grey and Green: Portrait of J. J. Cowan (YMSM 402). Cowan first posed for JW in Paris in May-June 1893. The picture was never finished although he gave JW sixty sittings between 1893 and 1900.
That is, 110 rue du Bac, the Whistlers' home in Paris.
Mrs Cowan read Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island aloud in the studio during the sittings in May 1893. See Cowan, John J., From 1846-1932, Edinburgh, 1933, pp. 156-57, 168-73.