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System Number: 09758
Date: [24 July 1896][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: London
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/94
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[3]

St. Judes Cottage -
Heath End. Hampstead

I was sorry my dear O K to see you not looking better today - Why dont you see some one? - You give me excellent advice about my health and are most absurdly careless or helpless about your own - My doctor [p. 2] who is charming, is Keightly[4], M.D. 62 - Queen Anne Street, corner of Welbeck St. - or his partner Dr. Coryn[5] - Now go and see one of them tomorrow morning -

Your letter has just come, since I began this - so dont come to me, for Miss Kinsella[6] comes again tomorrow morning - Ladies' ways are necessarily not to be contradicted at all, and the ways of Miss Kinsella's are at the particular moment most terrible and trying to me - They have announced that they are about to leave England immediately[7]! - and will remain for four months in France - Here is this picture which we have lugged over from Paris and got accustomed to [p. 3] in the London studio - where it is upon the eve of completion - and to take it back to the studio in the rue Notre Dame du Champs would mean I really don't know what! - Change of light - doubt and heaven knows what else - ruin of the work almost unless I can get it so much further on that nothing should matter - so that I am necessarily again a mere slave to the situation - for I consider the picture, as a work, one of the most important, if not the most important I have ever undertaken -

Therefore I put everything else aside until I shall get from her the next three or four sittings -

She comes then tomorrow at 11 - But she goes away at 3 - This I have arranged clearly - whereas [p. 4] today I did not know she would be able to stay until 4 - So if tomorrow you were able to come at 3.20 and would send word to Brooks[8] to meet you at my studio at 5 - we could have a good hour and a half to ourselves - and go over the etchings, etc -

So go around and see the Doctors in the morning, and come around to me after lunch -

Always, my dear O K, affectionately,

J McN Whistler

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'July 24, 1896'

E. G. Kennedy. Esq.
Garlant's Hotel
Suffolk Street -
Pall Mall - W
[postmark:] HAMPSTEAD D / NW / 12.15 AM / JY24 / 96
[postmark on verso:] LONDON / 4.15 AM / JY 24 / 96


1.  [24 July 1896]
Dated from the postmark and the date written in another hand 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.  ALS
The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  Keightly
Dr Archibald Keightley (1859-1930), theosophist and physician [more].

5.  Dr. Coryn
Dr Coryn, physician, partner of Dr Keightly.

6.  Miss Kinsella
Louise Kinsella (d. 1923), patron of JW [more], who was posing for Rose et vert: L'Iris - Portrait of Miss Kinsella (YMSM 420).

7.  immediately
Double underlined.

8.  Brooks
Edward ('Ned') Brooks, artist, brother-in-law of A. A. Pope.