System Number: 00722
Date: 23 March 1897
Author: John James Cowan
Place: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C223
Document Type: ALS
Wester Lea, Murrayfield
N. B. [North Britain]
23rd March 1897
Dear Mr Whistler,
I hope you will be pleased to hear that I have just acquired two pictures of your's from Reid of Glasgow.
Only today have I got them hung, and I am delighted with them.
They are a portrait of a lady in black seated at a piano, with a girl in a short white skirt standing.
Reid says it is a portrait of a sister of your's?
Hoping you will approve of my having purchased & owning these pictures
Your's very truly
J. J. Cowan
The portrait depicted Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more], and Annie Harriet Haden (1848-1937), later Mrs Charles Thynne, JW's niece [more]. Cowan paid Reid £1200 for the picture.