System Number: 02932
Date: [20/30 April 1898]
Author: John James Cowan
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 2/65, 67
Document Type: MsLcf
38 West Register St.
Dear Mr Whistler.
I'm sorry I have not written you sooner. I made a special pilgrimage to Glasgow & was fortunate in finding Reid. I also saw the "Furred Jacket" which is the property of Mr Burrell a Glasgow ship-owner, & is presently lent to the Glasgow Exhibition. I think the price was £1500, but am not certain. I believe Reid spoke of £1200 & £800 for the "Piano" & the "Thames in Ice" pictures. He assured me that no separate price for each picture was named to him when he bought them. He gave the sum asked for the two, knowing I think that Kennedy had previously tried to effect a reduction in price. The vendor must have known he was doing wrong for he said "Don't say anything about the pictures before my wife"!
Last night I received a note from Lavery asking the loan of these two pictures for the [p. 2] Skating Club Show, in accordance with your wish. I shall be glad to send them, so if you can send me anything to help fill the gaps I shall be glad!
1. [20/30 April 1898]
The sequence of letters in JW's letter book would have suggested a date in the second half of May 1898. However, this is a reply to a letter from R. Birnie Philip to J. J. Cowan, 15 April 1898, #04726. It may be that the correspondence was collected and copied later.
7. Glasgow Exhibition
37th Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Glasgow, 1898. The Fur Jacket was no. 537 in the exhibition catalogue.
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. Kennedy was unsuccessful in his bid to purchase At the Piano and the Thames in Ice during the early months of 1897.
The vendor was Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. Thus it is unsurprising that Haden hoped to hide the sale from his wife, Deborah ('Debo' or 'Sis') Delano Haden (1825-1908), née Whistler, JW's half-sister [more].