The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 00711
Date: [21 April 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: John James Cowan[2]
Place: [Edinburgh]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler C212
Document Type: ALS

'21 April 1895'

110 Rue du Bac - Paris -

My dear Mr. Cowan -

Your letter[3] was charming - and I knew well that you could "get on all right without G. M[4]"! -

I sent you the letter[5] from my seconds, M. M. Mirbeau & Vielé-Griffin, in comment upon Mr Moore's miserable "interview[6]" - Their summing up of his conduct will interest you - and show you how absolutely he has [p. 2] destroyed himself for ever here -

The letter you find in its entirety in l'Indépendance Belge, was published in resumé, for the benefit of English readers, in the Times of the 9th April - and parts were quoted in full - especially the ending! -

[p. 3] I am sending you also a full account of the Eden[7] affair in "Le Journal" -

Of course the letters in the Pall Mall[8] would give you by degrees the gist of the whole thing - but one so often misses, here one and there another, that it is like losing the place in the story -

[p. 4] Well now about the "Terrain"[9] and when you are to appear upon it -

If the same to you - I think about the 15th of May instead of the 1st - By then I should be more completely rid of things -

But write and let me know that we may both be at our best! -

with kindest regards,
Always sincerely

J McNeill Whistler

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1.  [21 April 1895]
Date inserted in Cowan's hand at the top of p. 1.

2.  John James Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more].

3.  letter
Not located.

4.  G. M
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more].

5.  letter
The letter from Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917), novelist, art critic and amateur painter [more], and Francis Vielé-Griffin (1863/1864-1937), poet [more], to G. Moore (15 March 1895, #04081), was originally published in L'Indépendance Belge, and excerpts were reprinted in English in The Times, 9 April 1895. JW had challenged Moore to a duel on 12 March 1895, #04181.

6.  interview
An interview with George Moore published as 'A Picture and a Challenge. The Strange Story of Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', The Daily Chronicle, 29 March 1895, was condensed and retold in 'The Gentle Art of Duelling. Mr. Whistler and Mr. Moore', Westminster Gazette, 29 March 1895.

7.  Eden
Moore had been an ally of Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], in his dispute with JW over possession of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). He wrote to JW and published articles mocking JW for his age. This affair ended with the publication of a procès-verbal in Le Journal, 24 March 1895 (see Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], pp. 243-47).

8.  letters in the Pall Mall
A sequence of letters appearing in the Pall Mall Gazette on the case of Eden v. Whistler included: Whistler, James McNeill, 'The Baronet's Valentine,' The Pall Mall Gazette, 1 March 1895, Whistler, James McNeill, 'The Baronet's Indiscretions,' The Pall Mall Gazette, 6 March 1895, Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to the Editor], The Pall Mall Gazette, 11 March 1895, Whistler, James McNeill, [Letter to Francis Vielé-Griffin and Octave Mirbeau], The Pall Mall Gazette, 25 March 1895, Anon., 'The Eden Case,' The Pall Mall Gazette, 21 March 1895; see Getscher, Robert H., and Paul G. Marks, James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Two Annotated Bibliographies, New York and London, 1986, B. 82-88.

9.  Terrain
Fr., ground, that is, when Cowan would next come to Paris to sit for his portrait (Arrangement in Grey and Green: Portrait of J. J. Cowan (YMSM 402)).