The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07017
Date: [24/31 July 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William McNeill Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1006
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris

My dear Willie -

Why dont you write a line and tell us how it all came off[3]? - A success I suppose - And then there is the law triumph!

That must have been excellent - were you cross examined? -

I wish, if there was any account of it in the papers, you would send it on - Webb[4] must have managed it all very well then after all!

[p. 2] I have touched up the little head in the Studio picture[5] - and some one is coming to see it tomorrow -

Did you hear that Aleco[6] sold his portrait[7] of myself, or rather my portrait of myself, for £700. - He gave me £50 - for it. -

I have won also - the side issue of sequestration - The Baronet[8] had appealed and has to pay all expenses!

With love to both
Always affectionately

[butterfly signature]

Battersea Bridge - paid 30 gs sold £ 600
Fishing Smacks -   "    20 -      200
Portrait -   "   50 -      700
(Sea & Rain)   "    30  
(Dont know yet —)    100 gs £1500[9]


Done pretty well on me[10]! -

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1.  [24/31 July 1895]
Dated from the references to Sir William Eden and the sale of a painting (see below); also dated from related references in JW's letters to E. G. Kennedy, #09732 and #07254.

2.  William McNeill Whistler
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

3.  how it all came off
Possibly an address Dr Whistler was giving at the British Medical Association (see W. McN. Whistler to C. J. W. Hanson, 15 July 1895, #07016).

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

5.  Studio picture
Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63). JW was attempting to sell it on behalf of Dr Whistler (see #09732 and #07254).

6.  Aleco
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

7.  portrait
Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter (YMSM 122) was sold in July 1895 to George McCulloch (1848-1907), collector [more].

8.  Baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. JW was alluding to his 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 picture, the judgement went against JW. However, he appealed successfully against the judgement and was able to keep the picture.

9.  well on me
'Battersea Bridge ... well on me' is written in the left-hand margin at right angles to the main text. The works listed are Brown and Silver: Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 33); Green and Grey: The Oyster Smacks, Evening (YMSM 99); Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter (YMSM 122) and Sea and Rain (YMSM 65).

10.  £1500
Double underlined.