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System Number: 00720
Date: 16 December 1896
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: John James Cowan[1]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C221
Document Type: ALS[2]

My dear Cowan -

Your little picture, "Rose & Pink - The Mothers Sleep"[3], as I wired to you yesterday, has been sent to you - It went to you on Monday night, carefully packed by the Goupils - so thats all right - I hope you will be more pleased with it than ever - as I have [p. 2] seen to its completeness - and put the Butterfly in the right place!

The "Rose & Silver[4]" comes to you almost immediately from the Grafton Gallery where it hung in the place of honour & made a small disturbance! - of which one of these days! - I will tell your son[5] about it - for I hope to have the pleasure of seeing him tomorrow -

In great haste & with kindest regards to Mrs. Cowan[6] & yourself

Always sincerely Yrs

J McNeill Whistler

8. Fitzroy Street - Fitzroy Square

Wednesday 16. Dec. 1896.

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1.  John James Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more].

2.  ALS
The paper has a deep mourning border.

3.  'Rose & Pink - The Mothers Sleep'
Rose and Pink - the Mother's sleep (M.1300). See also JW's receipt, #00721.

4.  Rose & Silver
JW's proposed catalogue entry for Rose and Silver: Portrait of Mrs Whibley (M.1415) was an oblique reference to Eden and Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), and had not proved acceptable to the organisers of the 6th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1896.

5.  son
Allister Cowan (b. 1873), son of the collector J. J. Cowan [more].

6.  Mrs. Cowan
Sophy Cowan (b. ca 1850), née Gillespie, wife of J. J. Cowan [more].