The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899
Record 40 of 54

System Number: 09790
Date: [8 July 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: London
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/125
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: AL[3]

'Paris 8 July 1899'

All right O K!

Go to lunch on dull food in typical corners - or go to Holland - I will find you by and bye!

Mean while I read with satisfaction - which is what you meant - that the [p. 2] pictures are growing upon you! -

You see I can never tell what is taking place without absolute assertion - So while you have been silently softening toward the Carmen[4], I had no inkling of such gentle concession. - so that I have received overheated advances for the possession of the picture, and have promised to entertain them - from a man[5] here who has just now carried off seven paintings that you, for the last two years, had not perceived as sufficiently "grown" to be of service - but which properly framed and signed - as they now all are - go to make a mighty pretty little collection, which you ought to try and borrow for your New York Exhibition -

When you come back to Paris, after your journeyings, I will take you to the place, where you shall see them all - and arrange

Goodnight my dear O.K!!!

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'July 8, 1899'

O. K. Kennedy Esq
Garlants Hotel
Suffolk Street
Pall Mall
[postmark:] PARIS[-20?] / 195 BD ST GERMAIN / 5E 8 / JUIL / 99
[postmark on verso:] LONDO[N]. S. W. / 1 30 AM / JY 10 / 99


1.  [8 July 1899]
Dated from the postmark and from the date written in other hands on p. 1 and on the envelope.

2.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. JW called him O'K.

3.  AL
The stationary has a mourning border.

4.  Carmen
Violet and Rose: Carmen qui rit (YMSM 506) had been in the 2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899.

5.  man
There was some confusion about the whereabouts and sale of some of JW's works. JW said Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505) was taken from his studio, and was acquired by Charles Hessele (fl. 1892-1914), print dealer [more]. It is possible JW actually sold Hessele seven works. St Ives, The Nets on the Hill (YMSM 270), The Girl in Red (YMSM 312), Chelsea, Little Furniture Shop (YMSM 373), Chelsea Shop (YMSM 374), Violet and Blue: The Red Feather (YMSM 503), Rose et or: La Napolitaine (YMSM 505) and Blue Sea Piece, Dieppe (YMSM 525) are among those possibly among the paintings sold at this time.