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Record 19 of 27

System Number: 07471
Date: [3/12 November 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: [newspaper editor]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler X45
Document Type: ALd

Sir -

On the 26 - of October - Sir William Eden[2] offered the portrait of his daughter[3] for sale ["]in the market" - Most excellent!

For weeks past a gloom has come upon the camp of Painters & artificers in marble, bronze & gold workers - because of the abrupt reproach liking truth hurled at them all.

Cobblers[4] & artists, said "Q C.", are one before the law -

The painter & the tailor wrote the redoubtable "Fred" - Baculinum Fred[5] - you know - are both tradesman -

Now this is most refreshing and healthy news! -

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1.  [3/12 November 1897]
Dated from related letters discussing the sale of the Eden painting: E. Van Wisselingh to JW, 3 November 1897, #07105, and JW to J. Pennell, [12 November 1897], #07857.

2.  Sir William Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

3.  portrait of his daughter
On 26 October 1893, Eden asked D. C. Thomson to dispose of the portrait by John Macallan Swan (1847-1908), animal painter and sculptor [more], as he disliked it (#01032).

4.  Cobblers
JW makes a similar argument about cobblers and artists in a letter to the Pall Mall Gazette, 29 March 1895, #10550.

5.  Baculinum Fred
Frederick Morton Eden (1829-1917), Barrister [more]; JW gave him the nickname 'Baculinum' (see #02192).