System Number: 07206
Date: 12 November 1892
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1194
Document Type: ALS
H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-
Nov. 12 / 92.
Dear Mr. Whistler,
Your letter of the 26th Oct. came to hand to hand [sic] the day after election (9th) - after the "landslide" of the people to the Democratic party. All the old Republican states, Ohio, Illinois, California, Wisconsin & Michigan, as well as the doubtful states of New York[,] Connecticut and Indiana, and the Solid South went for Cleveland. What an avalanche! But some one said, "Oh, Whistler thinks we have a King over here now", no doubt, wickedly.
I have seen Mr. Ives, I have given him names of persons abroad who have pictures of yours and he will put the machinery in motion for procuring them. Don't fail please to write him a letter giving him authority to act for you officially. This must be done, as I [p. 2] wrote you in my last. I went with Mr. Ives to 'Mansfields' and have selected about 50 etchings representing Every phase of your art in this direction, for the Chicago Exhibition. As to the pictures, no doubt we shall have a fine show. We can get the White Girl here and others, besides I have given Mr. Ives a number of names abroad to whom he will apply for some of your works. Mr. Ives will do everything he can to give you the best place &c. as he is personally interested. Shall you procure
the "Furred Jacket"
La dame au brodequin Jaune
The princess des pays de la Porcelaine
or shall Mr. Ives?
If Mr. Reid wants to sent the Furred Jacket over to me, I think I can sell it for him - (or you?)
Yes, if they can't get enough without Westminster Bridge, I'll send it.
Dear here at 20. francs.
However, I have no wish to bother you about these things now.
I notice that you preserve a masterly silence about my "phiz".
I have curiousity [sic] to see it and if you say so, will not show it to anyone.
With best regards to Mrs. Whistler and yourself, I am,
Yours very truly,
E. G. Kennedy.
Grover Cleveland had been President from 1884 to 1888; he was succeeded by President Benjamin Harrison, the Republican candidate who lost in 1892. A significant third party, the People's Party or 'Free Silver Party', took a large proportion of the vote.
Paul Durand-Ruel (1828 or 1831-1922), Paris art dealer, or one of his sons, Joseph (1862-1928), Charles (1865-1892) or Georges (1866-1931).
A reference to a drypoint by JW of Kennedy in the garden of Rue du Bac in Paris, which was never completed.