Documents associated with: 3rd Exhibition, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1901
Record 6 of 9
System Number: 00749
Date: [26/30 October 1901?]
Recipient: John James Cowan
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C250
Document Type: ALd
[monogram in roundel:]
WH 6, NORFOLK STREET, PARK LANE. W.
My dear Cowan -
Of course I have been very busy with the Exhibition here - and thus we have been lying low for Master Reid! - Also I have rather thought I might have heard from you at any minuit [sic] - for I understood that you were going to write if you went to Glasgow -
Well now, my dear Cowan, I think we have got these scoundrels pretty well entangled - and the time has come when the net should be pulled! -
The girl in red with red background, Reid offered you long ago, we have stopped in London - and the second "Alice Butt" - that is the head like the one you purchased - we have arrested, and so forced Reid to take action!
He has served a writ on the dealer here to whom he had sent the picture to be shown a client - and this dealer will withdraw from the contest by [p. 2] interpleader, and so leave Mr Reid to attack me which is where we wait for him! -
And now is the moment for you - And it is very simple - and what in your place I should be most eager to do - I want you to write to Reid that you [...]
1. [26/30 October 1901?]
Dated by references to paintings; this may be a draft of a part of JW's letter to J. J. Cowan on 30 October , #00751. JW's address is slightly unclear since he has crossed out Heinemann's address but says that he is staying with him.
Unfinished letter written at right-angles to printed address.
5. respectable hotel
JW had been staying at Garlant's Hotel, Suffolk Stree, Pall Mall.
3rd Exhibition, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1901, which opened on 7 October.
7. Master Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more]. Reid seems to have received works stolen from JW's studio in Paris before July 1901 (see JW to J. J. Cowan, #00746). Cowan had purchased Alice Butt (2) (YMSM 438) and The Bridesmaid (YMSM 487) from him in April 1900 for £450 and £135 respectively but later became suspicious of the signature. JW also believed that the pictures had been worked on by someone else (J. J. Cowan to JW, #00752).