The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07157
Date: 20 April 1888
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1145
Document Type: ALS

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

April 20 / 88.

James McNeill Whistler Esq.
London, England.

Dear Sir,

We beg to acknowledge the receipt of the etchings[2] which arrived from the Custom House this evening & upon which there was paid $19. 15/100 charges or general expenses.

There is time to inform you before the mail closes, that we shall look them over carefully, make our selection, send those not retained to Mr Winans[3], and advise you promptly, which proofs have been selected. Upon checking off the list we find that one of the proofs #48 "Fleur de lis - passage"[4] [sic] is missing. We have looked for it carefully, but there is not the slightest trace of it, so it must have been omitted in London. Will you kindly inform us, who publishes [p. 2] the "Ten o'clock"[5] in New York? When may it be expected? We are very sorry that you have given up the idea of lecturing here, as your success should be marvellous. We shall be glad to hear that "The Dyer"[6] is in such condition that a few more proofs can be printed.

With thanks, and hoping to hear from you soon, we remain,
Yours very respectfully,

H. Wunderlich & Co.


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

2.  etchings
JW sent a list of 61 etchings of which Wunderlich's retained thirty-four and sent twenty-seven to Ross Winans (see G. Dieterlen to JW, #07158 and #07155). The subjects included Wild West, Buffalo Bill (K.313), Queen Victoria's Jubilee Naval Review and streetscapes of London, Brussels and Ostend. See E. G. Kennedy to JW, #07155, #07156.

3.  Mr Winans
Ross Revillon Winans (1851-1912), son of C. and T. De K. Winans [more].

4.  Fleur de lis - passage
Fleur De Lys Passage (K.289).

5.  Ten o'clock
JW's 'Ten O'Clock Lecture' his major public statement of his aesthetic ideas, was first delivered in London on 20 February 1885. The first official printed edition was about to be published in London by Chatto & Windus. The notion of a lecture tour to America had been in JW's mind since 1885. However, exhibition commitments and his involvement with the Society of British Artists (he was elected President on 1 June 1886) seem to have stalled the idea. In February 1888, Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more] wrote to Hermann Wunderlich on JW's behalf, telling him: 'Mr Whistler has given up all intention of lecturing in America, and his "Ten O'clock" will be published simultaneously in London and New York, almost immediately' (#01964). The first American edition of the 'Ten O'Clock' was published by Houghton Mifflin & Co. on 26 May 1888. See account dated 1 August, #02170.

6.  'The Dyer'
The Dyer (K.219).