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System Number: 05894
Date: 1 November 1887
Author: Edward Upton[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler U23
Document Type: MsLS


EDWARD UPTON,
SOLICITOR.
AND AT FORTIS GREEN,
FINCHLEY, N.

51, LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS,
LONDON, W. C.

1st November 1887

Sir /

I am instructed by Sir Henry Meux[2] to apply to you under the following circumstances -

Some few years ago you undertook to paint 3. Portraits of Lady Meux[3][,] two of which, I believe you completed but the third remained unfinished although you were paid for the whole - Some time ago, as I am instructed, that you offered to finish the unfinished Picture[4] or to return a pro-portion of the amount which you haved received for the 3.

Sir Henry wisheds the matter settled and inasmuch as Lady Meux is not in good health and cannot sit to you I should be glad to know what proportion of the total sum which you have received you are prepared to return in order that [p. 2] the matter may be settled -

Yours obediently -

Edw Upton

Jas McNeill Whistler Esq
13. Tite Street
Chelsea


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Notes:

1.  Edward Upton
Edward Upton (b. ca 1855), partner in Upton and Britton, Solicitors [more].

2.  Sir Henry Meux
Sir Henry Bruce Meux (1857-1900), 3rd Baronet, brewer and patron [more].

3.  3. Portraits of Lady Meux
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more]. Arrangement in Black: Lady Meux (YMSM 228), Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229), and Portrait of Lady Meux in Furs (YMSM 230).

4.  you offered to finish the unfinished Picture
Portrait of Lady Meux in Furs (YMSM 230). It was never completed and has since disappeared.