UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07145
Date: 26 February 1895
Author: Edmund Henry Wuerpel[1]
Place: St Louis
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1133
Document Type: ALS


ST. LOUIS SCHOOL AND MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS,
HALSEY C. IVES[2], DIRECTOR.

ST. LOUIS,

February 26 1895

My dear Mr Whistler -

So many people have asked me to give a talk about you, & I have been so repeatedly urged to comply with this demand by Mr Ives, that I have finally consented to do so, & for that purpose have been in communications with Mr Kennedy[3]. He has written me that he will send me a set of your photographs which I shall use to help me out, & altogether I believe I can gather enough material for an informal talk, at any rate.

Now I want to ask you, & I trust you will forgive my bothering you once more, can you possibly send me a photograph of yourself. I have looked for one in vain, over here [p. 2][4] and have come to the conclusion that the only way to get one is from you direct. Could you do this for me?

Mr Kennedy writes that he has heard that Mrs Whistler[5] is seriously ill. I hope it is an idle rumor & that she is as well as she always has been.

Things go slowly with me. I am working hard and trying to gain a footing, but in these hard times I fear it is no easy matter. In spite of this I expect to be married in June & then my prospects of going abroad will be doubly dim.

Please give my kindest regards to the ladies[6] & believe me
Very sincerely yours

Edmund. H. Wuerpel.


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Notes:

1.  Edmund Henry Wuerpel
Edmund Henry Wuerpel (1866-1958), artist and teacher [more].

2.  HALSEY C. IVES
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more].

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

4.  [p. 2]
The printed letterhead appears at the top of this page, as on p. 1.

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

6.  ladies
Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more], and her daughters, Rosalind, and possibly Ethel.