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System Number: 00737
Date: [10/31 January 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: John James Cowan[2]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C238
Document Type: ALdS


110 Rue du Bac

My dear Cowan -

I really am very glad about the Venice[3] pictu matter - It is very nice of you to lend them - and as to the Scottish Academy[4] do not let that interfere for a moment! Insist upon the pictures being given up for the Venice exhibition which is most[5] important.

I wish I could give you the exact date of its opening, but naturally I cannot put my hand on it -

Of the importance of the [p. 2] Exhibition in Venice, as compared with others you will judge when you see the official letter I shall show you on your visit to Paris /

I send the acknowledgement of the check which I most inexcusably forgot, & you will forgive - ? - Who knows. I may perhaps see you all[6] in Rome!

With kindest regards, Always sincerely

[butterfly signature]


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Notes:

1.  [10/31 January 1899]
This is a reply to Cowan's letter of 8 January 1899, #00727.

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

3.  Venice
A reference to the committee of the III Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, 22 April to 31 October 1899 which had asked to borrow JW's works (see JW to J. J. Cowan, #00728, #00730, #00736). Cowan appears to have lent La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50) and The Thames in Ice (YMSM 36) (see J. J. Cowan to JW, #00738).

4.  Scottish Academy
73rd Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 1899.

5.  most
Double-underlined.

6.  see you all
In early January, JW first expressed a wish to travel there: ' I wish enough I could go down to Italy with you!' (see JW to J. J. Cowan, #00728). He travelled to Italy in March 1899 for the wedding of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more] and Magda Stuart Heinemann (m. 1899), née Sindici, pseudonym 'Kassandra Vivaria', writer [more]. His trip included a visit to the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The Cowans travelled to Rome in February 1899 (see J.J. Cowan to JW, #00727).