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System Number: 07855
Date: [26 October 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Joseph Pennell[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 272/10/6
Document Type: ALS[3]

All right my dear Pennell -

And if Mrs Pennell[4] will have me I will dine with you tomorrow (Thursday) -

Send a line to Garlants[5] -

The affair[6] is announced for the 9th Nov - and I think we can even work out something further!!


[butterfly signature]

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Joseph Pennell Esq -
14. Buckingham Street
[postmark:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / 5E¦ 26 / OCT / 97
[postmark on verso:] [LONDON] W. C. / A / OC 27 / 97 / S. M. P.


1.  [26 October 1897]
Dated from the postmark and the day of week as well as the date '[1897, Oct. 26]', added at the top of the letter in another hand.

2.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

3.  ALS
Written on mourning stationery.

4.  Mrs Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].

5.  Garlants
Garlant's Hotel, Suffolk Street.

6.  affair
The trial concerning JW's dispute with Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over possession of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. JW was dissatisfied with his work and refused to hand it over to Eden, believing it was the artist's right to withhold a picture in such circumstances. Eden instituted legal proceedings against him which dragged on until December 1897 when JW, on appeal, was permitted by the Cour de Cassation in Paris to keep the picture provided that he did not make use of it. In 1899, JW published his account of the affair: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].