The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Hermann Wunderlich, ca 1839- d.1892

Nationality: German/American
Date of Birth: 1839
Place of Birth: Wurtemberg
Date of Death: 1892
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Hermann Wunderlich was a New York dealer. His wife Julia (b. ca 1849) was like him from Wurtemberg; their son, Herman (b. 1876) and daughters Eugescia (b. 1878) and Julia (b. 1880) were born in New York.


The art dealer Edward Guthrie Kennedy worked for Wunderlich in New York. It was through Kennedy that contact was made with Whistler. A large number of Whistler paintings, watercolours, pastels and etchings passed through the hands of the New York firm, including Battersea Reach (YMSM 45), Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56), Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63), Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 64), Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169), Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378), Rose et or: La Tulipe (YMSM 418), Harmony in Black: Portrait of Miss Ethel Philip (YMSM 419). In 1883 the company recreated in their galleries at 808 Broadway Arrangement in white & yellow, an exhibition of Whistler's Venice etchings and drypoints held by the Fine Art Society in London earlier that year. The decor and invitations, signed with a butterfly, were designed in imitation of the London show. In March 1889 they held an exhibition of sixty-two of Whistler's oils, pastels and drawings, 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes'. It formed an arrangement in pale pink, with pictures in plain frames against pale pink silk walls and with peach-pink painted furniture and similarly coloured velarium. A brown paper catalogue was issued.


US 1880 census at (accessed 2004.03); Wunderlich, H., 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', New York, 1889; Wunderlich, H., Etchings, Dry points and Lithographs by Whistler: Catalogue, New York, 1898; Kennedy, Edward Guthrie, Catalogue of Etchings by J.McN. Whistler, Compiled by an Amateur, New York, 1902; Wunderlich, H., Catalogue of a Collection of Etchings and Dry Points by Whistler Recently Acquired, New York, 1903; Sheehan, Susan, Arrangement in White and Yellow: A Centennial Celebration, October 18 - November 30, 1983, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Herman Wunderlich's landmark exhibition of James McNeill Whistler's etchings and drypoints, New York, 1983; Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980; MacDonald, Margaret F., James McNeill Whistler. Drawings, Pastels and Watercolours. A Catalogue Raisonné, New Haven and London, 1995.