The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01032
Date: 26 October 1893
Author: William Eden[1]
Place: Cromer
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler E20
Document Type: ALS

26: Oct: 1893.



To Mr Thompson [sic] -

Dear Sir -

I am going to send next week to yr studios Mr Swans[3] picture of my little girl[4] -

I am very anxious for you to see it - It is as you may suppose an exceedingly clever work [p. 2] but as a portrait it does not satisfy me -

Perhaps you will undertake therefore to dispose of it for me or even take it off my hands.

Yours truly

William Eden.

[p. 3, date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY / 27 OCT. 93 / SUCCESSORS / BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.


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

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He may have sent this letter on to JW, who at first considered Eden as a potential patron.

3.  Mr Swans
John Macallan Swan (1847-1908), animal painter and sculptor [more].

4.  girl
Elfrida Marjorie Eden (1887-1943), daughter of Sir W. Eden [more].

5.  'Clock'
Added in pencil, in JW's hand.