System Number: 00733
Date: 25 May 1899
Author: John James Cowan
Recipient: Rosalind Birnie Philip
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C 234
Document Type: ALS
25th May 1899
Dear Miss Philip,
Will you kindly convey to Mr Whistler my hearty thanks for "The Baronet & the Butterfly," with the valued inscription he has put in it?
Tell him, that I feel a guilty creature, for I have sold the "Piano" picture!
I remember his saying "They sell every blessed thing"!
I hope Mr Whistler will, in a way, be pleased at its changing hands at this price - £2000 St[erlin]g.
Please say further that I will try to hang on to the "Thames." There is no talk of its
of being sold.
I go to London tomorrow for 10 days, & will of course visit "The International."
I am sorry that you should be troubled with any of my affairs, and can only thank you, for your letter & for sending off the book to me.
With kindest regards
Yours very truly
J. J. Cowan
3. 'The Baronet & the Butterfly'
JW's account of his dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408) was published in Paris on 13 May 1899: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].
The Thames in Ice (YMSM 36), also owned by Cowan. In 1901, Thomson offered £1500 for it, but Cowan refused to sell. However, on 25 October 1901, Whistler advised C. L. Freer to buy it from Cowan for £2000, which he did.
8. 'The International'
The 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899, opened on 7 May 1899, with a catalogue and monogram designed by JW.