The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
Home > On-line Edition > Transcription/Database Record

the on-line edition

System Number: 06244
Date: 17 January [189]8
Author: George and William Webb[1]
Place: [London]
Recipient: Antoine Ratier[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W239
Document Type: ALS[3]

17 Jany  8

Dear Sir,

By Mr Whistler['s] direction we send you on the other side copy of a letter we wrote you on the 20 Feby 1895 containing a Bank draft in your favour for £105. This was sent in a registered letter, and on the other side also is a copy of this registration receipt. You do not appear to have acknowledged a receipt of the letter, but we think you must have received it and perhaps not understood it and so have mislaid it[.] Will you please look for it, and if you fail to find it write to us with an order upon the London & Westr Bank Lethbury London, requesting them to recredit us with the amount of the letter of credit viz £105, & inform them that the letter of credit has miscarried, or that you have mislaid it, as the case may be.

We cannot conclude this letter without expressing our admiration of the manner in which Mr Whistlers case has been conducted to a successful termination.

We are Dear Sir,
Yours truly

G. & W. Webb

Monsieur le Sénateur Antony Ratier
Avoué à la Cour de Paris
68. Rue de la Chaussée d'Autun, Paris

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  George and William Webb
JW's solicitors. This letter relates to JW's dispute with Eden over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). On 14 February 1894, with the portrait seemingly nearing completion, Eden sent JW a 'Valentine' cheque for 100 guineas. JW was dissatisfied with his work and refused to hand it over. In November 1894 Eden commenced legal proceedings. In December 1897, JW, on appeal, was permitted by the Cour de Cassation in Paris to keep the picture provided that he did not make use of it. However even then, the case lingered on for some months afterwards.

2.  Antoine Ratier
Antoine ('Antony') Ratier (b. 1851), lawyer and politician [more]. The bank draft seems to have been mislaid for some time; see JW to W. Webb, #06245.

3.  ALS
Written on flimsy paper, possibly tracing paper. On p. 2 is a copy of a letter to A. Ratier from G. and W. Webb, 20 February 1895, #06215.