The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00730
Date: [1/8 February 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: John James Cowan[2]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C231
Document Type: ALS[3]

My dear Cowan -

Now do write me a line to say that it is all right about the Venice[4] people - and that they may have the pictures[5] for their coming exhibition - so that I may answer their letter and make them happy - I want much to meet all their official courtesies - and nowhere will the pictures you care for meet with greater recognition [p. 2] and care. -

I send enclosed the letter about Baronet[6] - and a little leader in the Morning Post[7]!, which must have filled the sharp sports man with dismay! -

The Book[8] is to be out by the 10 or 12 of this month -

With kindest regards to you all

[butterfly signature]

I think your letter[9] very nice -

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1.  [1/8 February 1899]
Dated from the references to an exhibition and the publication of the The Baronet & the Butterfly (see notes below).

2.  John James Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more].

3.  ALS
Written on deep-bordered mourning paper.

4.  Venice
The 3rd Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia,Venice, 1899 took place from 22 April to 31 October.

5.  pictures
At the Piano (YMSM 24) and The Thames in Ice (YMSM 36) were already committed to other shows. W. C. Alexander agreed to lend Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) but it did not appear in the Venice catalogue. William Burrell certainly lent Sketch for 'La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine' (YMSM 49).

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

7.  Morning Post
Morning Post, reference not located.

8.  Book
On 13 May 1899 JW published an account of his dispute with Sir William Eden over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. See Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

9.  letter