The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07206
Date: 12 November 1892
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1194
Document Type: ALS

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[3] (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[4]. 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[5], 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[6]' 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[7] 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[8]"
La dame au brodequin Jaune[9]
The princess[10] des pays de la Porcelaine
or shall Mr. Ives?

If Mr. Reid[11] 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[12], I'll send it.

As to Richards[13], I never received his [p. 3] box, but a ramshackle old thing from Durand-Ruel[14] for which I paid the enormous sum of frcs. 45- !

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[15]".

I have curiousity [sic] to see it and if you say so, will not show it to anyone.

With best regards to Mrs. Whistler[16] and yourself, I am,
Yours very truly,

E. G. Kennedy.

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

Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more].

3.  election
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.

4.  Cleveland
Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), 22nd and 24th U. S. President [more].

5.  Mr. Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more]. He was organising loans to World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

6.  Mansfields
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

7.  White Girl
Symphony in White, No. I: The White Girl (YMSM 38).

8.  Furred Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

9.  La dame au brodequin Jaune
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

10.  princess
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

11.  Mr. Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

12.  Westminster Bridge
The Last of Old Westminster (YMSM 39).

13.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

14.  Durand-Ruel
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).

15.  phiz
A reference to a drypoint by JW of Kennedy in the garden of Rue du Bac in Paris, which was never completed.

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