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System Number: 07269
Date: 6 March 1896
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1257
Document Type: ALS


[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-

March 6 1896

My dear Mr. Whistler

Just a line before going home to say that David[2] is here after a stormy voyage and [your?] letter postmarked Feb. 22nd[3] the "great Washington's[4] birthday"

I have nothing new to write since my last except that as I notice you may require money you can retain the cheque I sent as a loan if you want to.

As to the "Carmen[5]" it is not a subject that I am enamoured of and it is most difficult to sell.

David says you have a fine "black-smith[6]". Why not send that instead? It is apparent that the remarkable vigilant and accomplished Thomson[7] could do nothing with "Carmen" [p. 2] a powerful study, but not finished and not signed. If it had been signed, I'm almost sure that Mr. Pope[8] might have bought it. If you send anything, advise us, as we do the insuring here always.

Stanford White[9] has not come near us, I regret to inform you. I have written to Edward Hooper[10], & if I cannot get any one interested here or in Boston shall return the "Fire Wheel[11]".

Glad to hear Madam[12] is improving

Believe me always
Yours Sincerely,

E. G. Kennedy.

[p. 3][13] P. S. Send "Blacksmith", and if fine as David says it is, I may buy it. But I am waiting for your offer about the two portraits[14] I wrote about - full length. Why should we have the refusé[15] things & the English the fine ones? It is unjust and I may say unwise, this policy or lack of policy.


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1.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

2.  David
David A. Kennedy, New York dealer, brother of E. G. Kennedy [more].

3.  Feb. 22nd

4.  Washington's
George Washington (1732-1799), first U. S. President [more].

5.  Carmen
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441).

6.  black-smith
The Master Smith of Lyme Regis (YMSM 450), which Kennedy bought on 4 September 1896.

7.  Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

8.  Mr. Pope
Alfred Atmore Pope (1842-1913), manufacturer and collector [more].

9.  Stanford White
Stanford White (1853-1906), architect [more].

10.  Edward Hooper
Edward William Hooper (1839-1901), collector [more].

11.  Fire Wheel
Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169).

12.  Madam
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

13.  [p. 3]
The printed address header is repeated at the top of p. 3 (as on p. 1). Also added at the top of this page, in pencil in another hand, is the date 'II   Mar 6 1896'.

14.  two portraits
Rose et or: La Tulipe (YMSM 418), and Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378); Kennedy did eventually buy the latter.

15.  refusé
Fr., rejected.