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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00315
Date: 2 July 1895
Author: Oliver E. Bodington[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B91
Document Type: TLS


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OLIVER E. BODINGTON,
AVOCAT DU BARREAU DE LONDRES.
LICENCIÉ EN DROIT.
H. A. ALEXANDER[2],
AVOCAT DE L'AMBASSADE DES ETATS-UNIS.

24, BOULEVARD DES CAPUCINES,
PARIS

2nd July, 1895.

James McNeil Whistler Esq.,
110 rue du Bac, Paris.

My dear Mr. Whistler,

WHISTLER.

I am looking up this question as to Mr. Hale's[3] possibility of intervention in the Eden[4] action. I am satisfied that as a matter of procedure he is entitled to intervene upon appeal. As to what the nature of his intervention should be depends on the nature of his interest in the picture and I should like you to tell me what is the ultimate destination of this picture. I understood from you that it is not and is not going to become the property of Mrs. Hale[5] or of Mr. Hale. Is it then going to remain your property? I point out to you that in my opinion Mrs. Hale has an interest in preventing this portrait going into the hands of some stranger. At the same time she is in a much stronger position if she contracted to purchase it than if even the understanding was that it was to be painted and remain in your studio. Kindly drop me a line on this at your convenience.

Yours very truly,

Oliver E. Bodington


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Notes:

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

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

3.  Mr. Hale's
Herbert Dudley Hale (1866-1908), architect [more].

4.  Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. On 4 March 1895 Sir William Eden brought an action against JW for not handing over the portrait of his wife, Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). JW was not satisfied with the manner and amount of payment for it. Judgement went against JW. JW's appeal was heard in Paris in December 1897, the original judgement was reversed and he was allowed to keep the picture. It is now in the Hunterian Art Gallery. In Paris on 13 May 1899 JW published his account of the Eden case, Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

5.  Mrs. Hale
Margaret Curzon Hale (1872-1948), née Marquand, wife of H. D. Hale [more].