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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08427
Date: 8 October 1897
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: George and William Webb[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALdS


THE GOUPIL GALLERY
[royal coat of arms]
BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
5, REGENT STREET, S. W.
TELEGRAMS, BOUSSOD, LONDON.

London

8 Oct 1897.

Dear Sirs,

Whistler & Sir W. Eden[3]

In reply to your note I have to say as follows: -

Very soon after the trial at Paris Sir William Eden who has come occasionally to see us for years, called at this gallery to look at our exhibition

[p. 2] He spoke of the trial & I mentioned I believe the portrait[4] of Lady [hade?] Eden which I had seen in the Salon.

From what I had heard I understood Sir William did not care much about the picture but knowing its commercial value I said to him that I was ready on behalf of my firm to give £200 for it. He replied he would not take that for it as it was worth much more so I said 'Well I will give you £250 for it['], but replied he would not sell it for this amount.

He did not offer the picture but the offer was made on my side & declined by him

Yours faithfully

D. C. Thomson

Messrs G. & W. Webb.


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Notes:

1.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

2.  George and William Webb
JW's solicitors.

3.  Sir W. Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

4.  portrait
Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). which was shown at the 4th Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1894. JW quarrelled with Eden over the completion of the picture, and Eden instituted legal proceedings against him in 1894 but the case was not resolved until December 1897. See JW's account of the affair: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].