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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00314
Date: 27 June 1895
Author: Oliver Eaton Bodington[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B90
Document Type: TLS and TD/Ms[2]


OLIVER E. BODINGTON,
AVOCAT DU BARREAU DE LONDRES.
LICENCIÉ EN DROIT.
H. A. ALEXANDER[3],
AVOCAT DE L'AMBASSADE DES ETATS-UNIS.

24, BOULEVARD DES CAPUCINES,
PARIS

27th June, 1895.

James Mc Neil [sic] Whistler, Esquire,
110 rue du Bac, Paris.

My dear Mr. Whistler,

WHISTLER.

I send you herewith the affidavit of Mr. Hale[4] executed at the American Consulate.

Yours very truly,

O. E. Bodington

(Enclosure).

[p. 2] 'Whistler / v. / Eden'
[typed:] AFFIDAVIT / of / HERBERT DUDLEY HALE

[stamped:] O. E. BODINGTON
24, Bd DES CAPUCINES, PARIS

[p. 3] CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES }
CITY OF PARIS } ss.
REPUBLIC OF FRANCE }

HERBERT DUDLEY HALE, being duly sworn, deposes and says:

1. That he is an architect residing in Paris at No. 6 rue de Furstemberg. That in the month of November 1894 he was present at the house of James McNeill Whistler at 110 rue du Bac, Paris and that he there saw said Whistler rub out from the panel upon which it was painted the portrait of Lady Eden[5] which had been exhibited at the Champ de Mars and in regard to which an action is now pending before the French Courts.

2. That on or about the 25th of the same month deponent's wife[6] took a first sitting for her portrait which was painted by Mr. Whistler on the same panel. That he was also[7] present at several other sittings subsequent to that date. That the portrait of his wife now upon this panel is in its entirety a new painting, the original painting on the panel having been completely rubbed out and wholly painted again from nature, background, accessories and dress included.

3. That if it is alleged that any portion of the accessories, background or dress etc. of the portrait in its present condition existed upon the panel at the time his wife took her first sittings[8], deponent denies that such was the case.

4. And that deponent makes the present affidavit in order that his testimony in the above matter may be placed on record without delay in view of his approaching departure for the United States namely on the 29th June[9] next.

And further deponent saith not.

Herbert D. Hale.

Sworn to before me this 27th[10] day of June[11] 1895.

Clyde Shropshire[12].

Vice Consul General of the United States at Paris. }

[Circular orange seal of the Embassy of the United States of America]


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Notes:

1.  Oliver Eaton Bodington
Oliver Eaton Bodington (1859-after 1936), barrister and author [more].

2.  TLS and TD/Ms
p. 1 is a typed letter from O. E. Bodington to JW, typed with purple ribbon and signed by hand. 'B-W.' is typed in the top right corner. p. 2 is the cover-sheet of an affidavit, on thicker orange paper; p. 3 is a typed affidavit, affixed to the cover-sheet.

3.  H. A. ALEXANDER
Henry Addison Alexander, notary and advocate [more].

4.  Mr. Hale
Herbert Dudley Hale (1866-1908), architect [more].

5.  portrait of Lady Eden
Lady Sybil Frances Eden (1867-1945), née Grey [more]; Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

6.  deponent's wife
Margaret Curzon Hale (1872-1948), née Marquand, wife of H. D. Hale [more].

7.  also
This correction has been initialled 'C. S.' in the left margin by Clyde Shropshire.

8.  s
This correction has been initialled 'C. S.' in the left margin by Clyde Shropshire.

9.  29th June
Added by hand.

10.  27th
Added by hand.

11.  June
Added by hand.

12.  Clyde Shropshire
Clyde Shropshire, U. S. Vice-Consul General in Paris.