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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01026
Date: [20/30 October 1895][1]
Author: Arthur Jerome Eddy[2]
Place: Chicago
Recipient: JW
Place: [Lyme Regis]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E14
Document Type: ALS


ARTHUR J. EDDY,
618 THE ROOKERY,
CHICAGO ILLINOIS.

My dear Mr Whistler -

One year ago today we parted at the cab stand near the studio - How well I recall the darkening studio - the last glimpse of the portrait[3] - dim and vague in the deepening twilight, and finally the good-[p. 2]byes to you and Mrs. Whistler[4] as you took one cab and I another - Oh, well, partings are tempered by the expectation - ever present - of meeting again, were it not for that expectation life would be miserable indeed.

What a day we had a year ago now! Every thing went (including the Canadian Club whiskey) in your [p. 3] grand manner -

Mrs Whistler and I did not count at all - you simply swept on regardless and I verily believe that if darkness had not intervened you would have painted the whole picture over - you really did practically.

Come over here and let us do it all over again - I mean a new one, the st surest vehicle to fame [p. 4] is one of your canvasses [sic] and the day will come - sure as fate - when men will bid, struggle and fight for the picture we three painted a year ago to-day. I look and look and look at it and ever marvel at its grand simplicity and noble dignity -

Will you come?

With best regards to Mrs Whistler,
I am as ever yours

Arthur J Eddy


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Notes:

1.  [20/30 October 1895]
A. J. Eddy paid JW 350 francs on completion of his portrait on 27 October 1894. This letter apparently dates from a year after Eddy's departure from Paris.

2.  Arthur Jerome Eddy
Arthur Jerome Eddy (1859-1920), writer and collector [more].

3.  portrait
Arrangement in Flesh Colour and Brown: Portrait of Arthur J. Eddy (YMSM 425).

4.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].