System Number: 09733
Date: 5 August 
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: New York
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/69
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS
110. Rue du Bac - Paris -
Aug 5 - '1895'
Now my dear O K - you really are entirely too innocent to be allowed out among The Chapmans of this world alone! - It is most provoking - and moreover as you don't read your Gentle Art you are without guide or compass, and easily imposed upon by the bland amiability of those gentlemen! -
Now if you will turn to the Bible of Art, you will see, at page 288 to 292, "Auto-Biographical", the whole explanation of the shady place given to the three girls - for which Mr Chapman wanted 1000 pounds - As usual I behaved with [p. 2] great generosity - I went to him and offered to paint his portrait, full length - or that of his wife - and make him a present of it, if he would give me that canvas that I might destroy it! But he would listen to nothing - and I told him that if he persisted in attempting to sell it, I would prevent him -
He saw nothing but the 1000 - and so I effectively put an end to the whole business by the letter which apparently [you] have never read - No doubt he and his brother are great admirers of mine, for he always waited until I was hard up, and bought his pictures for nothing and is now seeing his way to sell them for large sums like his brother-in-law Potter - who sold the "Blue Wave," he paid me £50 for - for £1000. to Mr. Pope -
Is Chapman going to sell you the Bognor?
I enclose the two latest from the Pall Mall - which I suppose you will promise me no living eye shall look upon - whereas if you were less discreet you might send them to the N. Y. papers! -
I have received "The Clipper". -
I am writing to Eddie -
Yes £700. is a large price for a head - even though it be my own - It shows though that the Whistlers are not going down - and is [p. 3] a good reference for you, in pricing the other things -
Many thanks for the cheque for £44 - 5 - duly received -
Mr. Prange, (The Director of the Grafton Gallery) has the "Sarasate", for sale - If you think you see the placing of it in America, you had better communicate with him - I suppose he will ask somewhere about £2000 or less - I have given him my lowest inside price - and of course he will want to make his large profit -
He stirred me up about the picture after you had gone - telling me he thought he could place it - So I had it looked up, and varnished, and it is in splendid condition -
You will be grieved to hear that we are still far from well! My wife has been suffering much - and the weather has been terrible for her - but we are going to some French Springs at the end of the week I hope, which I trust will give her health & strength again -
With all our kindest remembrances,
J McN Whistler
'Aug. 5 /95'
E. G. Kennedy. Esq.
868 Broadway -
New York -
U. S. A.
[postmark:] PARIS-80 / R. DU BAC / 7E /1 6 / AOUT / 95
[postmark on verso:] P.O.N.Y. / 8 - 23 - 95 / PAID ALL
1. 5 August 
The year has been added in another hand on p. 1, and the date in another hand on the envelope.
4. Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, London and New York, 1890.
15. The Clipper
Unidentified; possibly the newspaper, Sporting Clipper, published between 1872-1897 in London.
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315). Kennedy sold this painting to the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh on 30 November 1896 for £900, with the help of John Caldwell, Board Chairman, Carnegie Art Galleries [more]. A note on this letter, written by Kennedy, reads 'The "Sarasate" I sold to the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh through John Caldwell's efforts.'
20. I ... again
Written at the top of p. 1.
21. With ... Whistler
Written in the left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.
The remainder of the text is written in the left margin of p. 2 at right angles to the main text.
24. Etats Unis