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System Number: 07274
Date: 13 March 1896
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1262
Document Type: ALS

[crest of the Grolier Club:] THE GROLIER CLUB / FOUNDED NEW YORK 1884


Mch. 13 / 96

Dear Mr. Whistler,

The picture[2] has gone off by American Express and I hope it will reach you in safety.

Let me ask you. What did you ever do about the offer of Martin Brimmer[3] to buy your large portrait, or consider it, for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts? What has been done about that, if I may [p. 2] ask? I asked you how much you wanted for the two full length portraits of Mrs. Whibley[4] or one of them. Let me know.

While people admire the "Red note[5]", as a piece of painting, no one likes the subject.

Stanford White[6] came in to see it and went out again saying that he did not like it, as the girl was young (the model) & this represented a mature woman &c, &c. It is very doubtful if Mr. Pope[7] will re-consider the matter of purchasing "Carmen[8]". He may, however, do so.

[p. 3] Several of the lithographs purchased in last lot by David[9] are too dear, as I showed those sent over first, and took orders for others from them at 3 /3 /-. You suddenly charge 4 /4 /-. This leaves me out of pocket. I have no doubt however that you will make a reduction as per memo. enclosed. Of course after this I shall have to pay your new prices, but as far as we are concerned here, it is a mistake to ask so much for them. Of course if they say nothing in England, there is no reason for considering us over here.

How I hate this pettifogging!

[p. 4] You have several other painting's over there, but I want those I've mentioned, if reasonable. Mention a price anyway.

I hope that Mrs. Whistler[10] is improving & am as always,

Yours Sincerely,

E. G. Kennedy.

Lots of snow and howling Cold winds. Warm enough inside though.

By the bye, I had almost forgotten. A chap here is going to write a sort of biography of Whistler, and wants information. His name is Roger Riordan[11] - French from Limerick - He has a lot written already I believe, and I am to interview you this Summer [p. 5][12] about various things, a list of which I shall have.

He admires "Smith's Yard[13]" immensely. He is too poor to buy it & I am too poor to present it.

He writes for the press in a Graceful way.


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

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

3.  Martin Brimmer
Martin Brimmer (1829-1896), collector and official at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts [more].

4.  Red note
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441).

5.  Mrs. Whibley
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

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

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

8.  Carmen
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441); Pope did eventually buy it.

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

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

11.  Roger Riordan
Roger Riordan (1848-1904), writer and etcher [more].

12.  [p. 5]
Kennedy has written 'P. S.' at the top of this page.

13.  Smith's Yard
The Smith's Yard (C.124).