The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 00297
Date: 29 June 1895
Author: Paul Beurdeley[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler B73
Document Type: ALS


29 Juin 95

Mon cher Maître

Dites moi - télegraphiquement ce que vous avez décidé[.] Notre affaire[2] revient Lundi

A vous

P. Beurdeley

Je crois que j'obtiendrais la fruition à l'affaire de la 1re chambre

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My dear Master

Tell me - telegraphically when you have decided. Our case will re-open on Monday


P. Beurdeley

I hope to bring the case to fruition in the first chamber.


1.  Paul Beurdeley
Paul Beurdeley (1842-after 1902), advocate at the Cour d'Appel, Paris [more].

2.  Notre affaire
The Eden v. Whistler trial, regarding the ownership of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), opened at the Civil Tribunal on 6 March 1895. The verdict on 13 March went against JW, who appealed to the Cour de Cassation. The appeal opened on 17 November 1897, and on 2 December JW won his case and was permitted to keep the picture provided that he did not 'make use of it, public or private'. JW published his account of the affair in Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24]. In a final appeal in April 1900 Eden was ordered to pay all expenses.