Documents associated with: Bernheim-Jeune, Gaston
Record 4 of 4
System Number: 09875
Date: September 1903
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/55
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: AD
This is à propos of Carmen & picture stealing from the Studio. Of course, the whole was entirely imaginary, as next year the matter was tabooed.
When I say "imaginary", I mean that the man must have some excitement & he seized on the unfinished pictures which he had disposed of when hard up, to make it.
But an icily polite note from the picture dealer Bernheim in Paris made him drop "impounding" pictures, as he had done in Forbes's case.
He was told that B. had paid Hessele for it the picture, that it came from his W's studio, that he had sold it & been paid for it, & that they would bring an action for damages for slander at once unless the picture was released &c. &c. It was released, but [p. 2] W. was careful not to mention this to anyone. He went on however making accusations against anyone or everyone who might happen to have anything of his to dispose of.
Next year the matter was never heard of, the "organised conspiracy" being a Chimera, maybe fostered by that stupid Webb.
E. G. K.
Of course, I did not see Webb. I had no time to waste.
[p. 3] Hessell is the man that Whistler says is the go-between: that is, the man who got pictures from Carmen & then sold them. Carmen was his Italian model when a child & young girl, & afterwards had a school which Whistler used to visit when the humor took him. As for regularity with him, that was out of the question.
notion bluff that Carmen was a thief may be dealt with again sometime. The whole thing Whistler got up to throw dust in people's eyes. The facts are, that Whistler when pressed for money several years before this (1901), sold to Hessell from time to time a number of incomplete Canvasses. When, afterwards, they turned up in London, (some of them) one at McLean's (sold to Forbes) and one at Marchant's in Regent St. (Goupil's formerly) he noticed how incomplete they were & said that they were incomplete, stolen, & c. but Bernheim stopped that very quickly by threatening to bring suit for slander.