The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 06254
Date: [11 October 1898][1]
Author: George and William Webb[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W249
Document Type: MsLd[3]

Whistler v Sir W. Eden[4]

We beg to state that

Having received your cheque for £105, we sent, to Paris, according to your directions, draft upon through Westminster Bank, draft upon Messrs Mallet[5] Frs. for £105 - dated Feb. 20. 1895 -

We transmitted your instructions that it shd be paid in to Court.

This would seem not to have been understood - and when the case in the Court of Appeal was concluded and the hundred guineas were to be paid over to Sir William Eden's lawyer [p. 2] the original draft was nowhere to be found - It having never been cashed, the Sum, £105, was returned to us by the Westminster Bank - and aga sent [illegible] on by us to yourself.

The draft which you have now found among the paper dossier papers of the Cour d'appel in the care of Maitre Bazille[6], is the your lay lawyer at the Cour d'appel we recognise as the identical one we sent to Paris.

Signed . . .

This document is protected by copyright.


1.  [11 October 1898]
This appears to be a draft for a letter from G. and W. Webb to JW, 11 October 1898, #06249.

2.  George and William Webb
JW's solicitors.

3.  MsLd
Written by JW on deep-bordered mourning paper.

4.  Whistler v Sir W. Eden
Written at right-angles to the main text in the left-hand margin in another hand. This letter relates to JW's dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. On 14 February 1894, with the picture seemingly nearing completion, Eden sent JW a 'Valentine' cheque for 100 guineas. But JW was dissatisfied with his work and refused to hand it over. Eden commenced legal proceedings and the dispute dragged on for several years. JW was eventually allowed to keep the picture provided that he did not make use of it. See Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24]; and correspondence between JW and G. and W. Webb in relation to the missing bank draft, #06244, #06245, #06249.

5.  Mallet
Messrs Mallet Frères and Cie, Paris agents for the Westminster Bank.

6.  Maitre Bazille
Maitre Bazille, lawyer, Cour d'Appel, Paris.