The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 04396
Date: 28 February [1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Henry John Cockayne Cust[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler P35
Document Type: ALdS[3]



The Baronet's Valentine[4]

To the Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette -

Sir -

Pending the decision of the Court, we will not go much into this matter - Only permit me, the in your j columns, to correct a current error, suggesting "that Mr Whistler has eclipsed himself in the "Gentle Art," by both keeping the noble Sportsman's Valentine, and declining to surrender the picture[5]" -

When the picture was demanded in return for the Valentine (!) I sent cheque for the hundred 100. gs, through my Solicitors, to this amazing Patron of Art - and wiped out the picture -

Sir William Eden refused the money - he is going in for bigger stakes - 10.000. francs.

The cheque was has been paid into Court - the picture has been entirely repainted - and the Portrait, which activated called forth the bold Baronet's brilliant [two illegible words] "confidence" tactics . . . deeds of "confidence" . . . doesn't exist! -

For the moment, voilà où nous en sommes[6] -

Pretty, isn't it!

J. McNeill Whistler -

Long's Hotel -

Longs Hotel -

Feb. 28 -

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1.  28 February [1895]
Dated by reference to the Court in JW's appeal in the Eden v. Whistler case, which opened on 27 February.

2.  Henry John Cockayne Cust
Henry John Cockayne Cust (1861-1917), editor of the Pall Mall Gazette from 1892-1896 [more].

3.  ALdS
Letter to the editor published, entitled 'The Baronet's Valentine', Pall Mall Gazette, 1 March 1895. A similar letter, under the same title, appeared in the Westminster Gazette, 1 March 1895. In the Westminster Gazette the second sentence starts: 'Only you are in error when you suggest . . .' The third paragraph begins: 'Sir William Eden refused the money - he is going in for bigger stakes . . .' In the fourth paragraph, '. . . and the Portrait, which actuated the the bold Baronet's brilliant tactics . . .' There are other minor changes in punctuation and capitalization, and it is signed: 'J. M'N. Whistler'.

4.  The Baronet's Valentine
Double underlined. Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], who, on 14 February 1894, paid JW what he considered an inadequate amount for Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

5.  picture
Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

6.  voilà où nous en sommes
Fr., that is where we are in the matter.