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System Number: 00972
Date: 13 July 1895
Author: Eugène Dumont[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler D178
Document Type: ALS


LE 13 Juillet 1895


Votre procès au fond contre M. Eden[2] a bien été distribué à la 1ere. Chambre de la Cour. L'avoué de M Eden m'a donné avenir et je vais poser conclusions. Mais l'affaire ne sera plaidée qu'après avoir subi le role et par conséquent bien après la rentrée.

Je vous serai obligé de vouloir bien me faire remettre une provision pour cette affaire.

Veuillez agréer, Monsieur, l'expression de mes bien dévoués sentiments.

E. Dumont

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Dear Sir,

Your case, essentially against Mr Eden, has indeed been sent to the 1st. Chamber of the Court. Mr Eden's lawyer has given me a writ of summons and I am going to file submissions. But the case will not be pleaded until it has been submitted to the cause-list and consequently well after the beginning of the new session.

I would be much obliged if you should be so good as to have a retainer delivered to me for this case.

Please accept, Sir, the expression of my very devoted sentiments.

E. Dumont


1.  Eugène Dumont
Eugène Dumont, lawyer at the Court d'Appel [more].

2.  Eden
On 4 March 1895 Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], brought an action against JW for not handing over the portrait of his wife, Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). JW was not satisfied with the manner and amount of payment for it. Judgement went against JW. JW's appeal was heard in Paris in December 1897, the original judgement was reversed and he was allowed to keep the picture. It is now in the Hunterian Art Gallery. In Paris on 13 May 1899 JW published his account of the Eden case, Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].