ARTHUR J. EDDY,
618 THE ROOKERY,
My dear Mr Whistler,
The portrait is here, on the wall at my right as I am writing you.
It was finally hung, glass and all Saturday afternoon. I am more than pleased with it - it is a fine & graceful work of art, just such a portrait as one would expect from you.
[p. 2] Durand-Ruel Sr. dined with me Sunday and he thought it fine.
Mrs Eddy admires it greatly as a picture but thinks it does not do me justice as a portrait - my friends hold various and conflicting views as to the likeness - It is interesting to hear the many opinions, but nothing said disturbs my conviction that it is prime - both [p. 3] as picture and portrait - it could not well be otherwise. If everybody liked it on first sight, I should
argue feel it is not a Whistler. The quality of a picture is inversely [proportionate] to the number of those who propose to admire it. -
It is quite dull in places owing to the paint having sunken in - until it is varnished it will hardly look as it really is - a fine thing - But, then, you [p. 4] and Mrs Whistler will be here next month to see it for yourself.
We were all there at dinner Monday Evng - including Durand Ruel, and you would have been delighted [p. 5] could you have heard all that was said about the marine.
My friend Mr. Macomber wrote me he had heard that the Boston people were willing to give $10000 for the picture there - (the Fur Jacket, or Yellow Buskin) I do not know which. [p. 6] I give you the information for what it is worth - there may be nothing in it.
I have been invited to talk about you to one of the "swell" art [societies?] here - I think I shall do it by way of getting even for those many "Just a minute more"’s of torture. The time suggested is way ahead in Feb'ry - be present incog. and hear [p. 7] what I have to say - what fun that would be to talk about you with you in the room and no one knowing it.
Since my return I have wished a thousand times to myself and aloud to see you - again I have thought that next to yourself, if I could afford it, I should like a portrait of yourself painted by you, I know you have [p. 8] one in the studio, but why not do another sometime? - if no more than a vague mysterious head.
There is to be an exhibition of portraits here in January - I am besought from all sides to let mine go - I have firmly replied that until varnished it cannot go - let me know whether I am to adhere to that position.
With best regards to Mrs Whistler and Miss Phillip,
I am yours, very truly
Arthur J Eddy
[written in right margin:] December fifth
1. 5 December 
Dated by the reference to a portrait.
9. [p. 5]
The printed address is repeated at the top of this page (as on p. 1), but is not re-transcribed here.
10. Mr. Macomber
Frank Gair Macomber, collector and donor to Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
11. Fur Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) was kept in Boston for over a year, then sent on for exhibition in the 1st Annual (International) Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1896-1897. Finally it was returned to Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more], who sold it to William Burrell (1861-1958), ship-owner and collector [more].