System Number: 06583
Date: 29 September 1889
Author: Beatrix Whistler
Recipient: Hermann Wunderlich
Place: [New York]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W576
Document Type: ALdS
Grand Restaurant Riche
Sep. 29. / 89,
Dear Mr Wunderlich -
Mr Whistler wishes me to write and thank you for your letter - as he is busy biting in some of the new plates.
He thinks that it will be better if you will
return send over at once all his remaining pictures - as he does not think it would be wise for them to go [p. 2] about any more -
Directly the new plates are ready - he will send you a proff [sic] of each, amounting to probably 10 or 12 as it was understood he should
He thinks that these plates will be among the finest he has done as they are very elaborate in character - and, as they will come from the country of the "Knickerbockers" they ought to be a great success in New York -
Believe With kind regards from us both
Very sincerely yours
Beatrix Whistler -
[p. 3] P S. Kindly tell Mr Kennedy that Mr Whistler will write to him -
From 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1889.
5. as they are very elaborate in character
Added on p. 3 and linked by a line.
This name, originally for loose fitting knee-breeches, had become synonymous with the descendants of the original Dutch settlers of America (who now enjoyed high social status), through Washington Irving's use of the pseudonym 'Dietrich Knickerbocker' for his ironic Knickerbocker's History of New York (1809). He had chosen the name to represent 'the solid phlegmatic Dutch burgher' (Drabble, Margaret, ed., Oxford Companion to English Literature, Oxford, 1998, revised edition).