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System Number: 07105
Date: 3 November 1897
Author: Elbert J. Van Wisselingh[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1094
Document Type: ALS


THE DUTCH GALLERY.
E. J. VAN WISSELINGH.
AND AT AMSTERDAM,
23, SPUI.

14, BROOK STREET,
HANOVER SQUARE,
LONDON, W.

TELEGRAPHIC ADDRESS
WISSELINGH LONDON,

3rd Nov 1897

Dear Mr Whistler,

I saw Mr Pennell[2] today - There is a slight misunderstanding about the portrait of a little daughter[3] of Sir William Eden[4] painted by Mr Swan[5] which was not offered for sale to me, but to the [p. 2] Fine Art Society by Sir William Eden. At the request of Mr Brown[6], the manager I went to see it, and an offer was invited. I was given to understand that it could be got for less than the price paid, Sir William Eden not being pleased with it.

I am sorry to hear from Mr Pennell that you are unwell and hope that you [p. 3] may soon be better again.

With kind regards, I remain
Dear Mr Whistler
Yours sincerely

E J van Wisselingh


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Notes:

1.  Elbert J. Van Wisselingh
Elbert Jan Van Wisselingh (b. ca 1848), art dealer [more].

2.  Mr Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  daughter
Elfrida Marjorie Eden (1887-1943), daughter of Sir W. Eden [more].

4.  Sir William Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. JW was at that time engaged in a lawsuit with Eden in the French courts over ownership of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

5.  Mr Swan
John Macallan Swan (1847-1908), animal painter and sculptor [more], had painted a portrait of Eden's daughter, which Eden did not like and therefore sold.

6.  Mr Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].