System Number: 00727
Date: 8 January 1899
Author: John James Cowan
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C228
Document Type: ALS
8th January 1899
Dear Mr Whistler,
Will you let me know exactly what I am to pay you for these two pictures, and what you would like me to send [p. 2] you to account thereof?
I shall be very glad to get the portrait by & bye & to settle for the whole amount.
I have had to decline the invitation from Monsr Diaghilev to send the Piano Picture to St Petersburg, for I had already promised it to the Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition [p. 3] which opens here next month. I hope this meets with your approval and that you are not disappointed at my inability to send it to Russia?
Mrs Cowan & I with two of our daughters start for Rome next month. I hope I may have the pleasure of shaking hands with you in Paris towards [p. 4] the end of March.
Hoping you are well & with our best wishes
Your's very truly
J. J. Cowan
5. Piano Picture
At the Piano (YMSM 24). Cowan purchased it from Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more], in March 1897 (see J. J. Cowan to JW, #00722). It was exhibited at the 73rd Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1899 (cat. no. 143).