June 5, 1893.
Thank you for your letter about Mr. Whistler's charges for a portrait of Lady Eden.
I fully recognise and appreciate Mr. Whistler's merits, but I hoped his charge for a head only would have been much less than £550. I cannot therefore at that price think of it, especially in [the] face of my already large expenditure in that line with Mr. Swan. If you would kindly send me Mr. Whistler's address in Paris I would try and call on him on my way through.
P. S. Please write to Hotel des Trois Couronnes.
Published in Whistler, James McNeill, Eden v. Whistler, [n.p.], 1897, p. 4. Copied versions of this letter appear in GUL MS Whistler B74 and E22; in both cases the text has been translated into French.
4. Lady Eden
Lady Sybil Frances Eden (1867-1945), née Grey [more]. Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408) became the subject of a legal dispute between Eden and JW over the price and manner of payment.
6. I would ... through.
In the published version of the letter, this line was in italics.