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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06212
Date: 9 November 1894
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Watkins, Baylis and Co.[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W209
Document Type: MsLc[3]


11 Austin Friars
Old Broad Street
London E. C.

November 9th 1894

Dear Sirs,

We are instructed by Mr. Whistler to return the £105 that Sir Willm Eden[4] paid and will do so on the return of our Mr. W. Webb[5] to town on Monday - He called on you today but was unable to see the Gentleman in your firm who attended to the matter.

Yours truly,

Geo. & Wm Webb

Messrs Watkins Baylis & Co.
11 Sackville Street,
Piccadilly W.


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Notes:

1.  George and William Webb
JW's solicitors.

2.  Watkins, Baylis and Co.
London solicitors for Sir William Eden.

3.  MsLc
Written in the hand of a clerk. This letter was copied and certified on 20 February 1895, along with G. and W. Webb to Watkins, Baylis and Co., #06213 and #06214.

4.  Sir William Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. This relates to JW's dispute with Eden over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. On St Valentine's Day, 1894, with the picture nearing completion, Eden sent JW a cheque for 100 guineas. But JW was dissatisfied with the portrait and refused to hand it over to Eden, believing it was the artist's right to withhold a picture until he felt it was fit to leave the studio. When Eden instituted legal proceedings against him in November 1894 in order to retrieve the portrait, JW returned the cheque (the £105 referred to here). In 1899, JW published an account of the affair in Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

5.  W. Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].