The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07214
Date: 12 April 1893
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: Stuttgart
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1202
Document Type: ALS



April 10th

Copy of invoice[2] of J. McN. Whistler to E. G. Kennedy.

Quiet Canal £2.2.0 £ 2. 2. 0
Kitchen   -  - & destroyed proof *     8/ 8/ -
Little Venice P. V.     6. 6. 0
2 Jews Quarter Amsterdam  8/8/-  16.16. 0
Upright Venice     4 4 0
2 Nocturne Shipping  6/6/-  12 12 0
Fur Cloak Mrs. H.   10 10 0
3 Nocturne Palaces  7/7/- 22 1 0
2 destroyed proofs     0 0 0
3 Songs on stone coloured     9 9 0
Gatti's restaurant     2 2 0
Tea in the Garden     2 2 0
Girl and baby     2 2 0
2 S Mallarmé     4 4 0
    £ 105. 0. 0
     2 2 0[3]
    102  18 0
  * 2/2/-  82. 6 5


[p. 2] Stuttgart,

12 April 1893.

Dear Mr. Whistler

I have your pleasant note & memorandum of prices, of which I enclose you a copy. I did not take the "Smithy[4]", because I shall drop around again & may "do so some more". You know I've always contended that you are unjust to the wretched "Marchand[5]", as you do not allow enough discount to make it any object to buy, but you have taken your ground upon mature consideration I suppose, and imagine that you must abide there. "The laws of the Medes and Persians which alter not[6]". You understand, I do not complain. Every man is the best judge of what is best for himself, but candidly I think you stand in your own light, generally speaking. The last Kitchen[7] I had from you, I paid 6 /6 /- for. The Mrs. W[8]. I did not think was so dear.

If you think it best to reduce these prices in pencil I shall be glad, if not, I suppose I can't help it. Is the discount 25 off or 20 off? I declare I cannot [p. 3] remember. Certainly to ——— well, I have spoken so often on this question that I shall say no more on the discount question. 25 off is certainly little enough, "god noes [sic]".

If 20 off the sum is £ 83 /16 /-. If 25 off, 78 /5 /- on the present prices. Send the prints, please, to care A [Daulos?], 5 Quai Malaquais.

I enclose cheque for £100 /- /- as you said you wanted money just now. When I return, I shall select some other things, and try the portrait once more. You said last year that you would rather paint it, but suit yourself. I shall leave here and return by way of Cologne to Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, & London, and shall not be sorry to get rid of German cigar (?) smoke. Heaven save us, what cabbage, rags, tea leaves & stuff, go to make up these horrid smelling things. They are what are called in America "two fors", that is, two for a cent. The weather here is fine but to-day much cooler than yesterday. Rain is badly needed in [p. 4][9] the Country. Yes, Stuttgart is a quiet town. Theatre over by ten p.m. and indeed I am not sorry to get a little quiet. I had a letter from Mr. Ives of Chicago[10]. He says that the English owners of your pictures want such preposterous terms, and make such exactions that it is doubtful if anything can be done with them, so loans will have to be made from America alone.

Why not drop Freer[11] a line and ask him to lend the Balcony[12] and send one of your full length figures from Scotland? Ives thinks he may get the Carlyle[13], but is not sure. Drop the Carlyle people a line, also Reid[14]. Why don't you send the Nocturne - Chelsea[15] you have, and the Sarasate[16]? Can't I get a look at Sarasate? Drop me a line to London 25 Garrick St. W. C., where I shall be on Wednesday, I hope. I must now [p. 5] say good night, & for the present "good-bye".

With best regards I am,
Yours very truly,

E. G. Kennedy.

I shall leave here tomorrow.

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

2.  invoice
The invoice lists the following works of art: Quiet Canal (K.214), The Kitchen (K.24b), Little Venice (K.183), Jews' Quarter, Amsterdam (K.415), Upright Venice (K.205), Nocturne: Shipping (K.223), The Fur Cloak (K.332) and Nocturne: Palaces (K.202); unidentified proofs; three coloured lithographs from Songs on Stone (excat 19), such as Figure Study in Colors (C.39); followed by Gatti's (C.38), The Garden (C.40), possibly Mother and Child, No. 1 (C.51), and finally, Stéphane Mallarmé (C.60).

3.  2 2 0 ... 82. 6 5
These final figures were added in pencil, in another hand.

4.  Smithy
The Smithy (K.240).

5.  Marchand
Fr., tradesman.

6.  Medes and Persians
Esther 1.19 - 'If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, that Vashti come no more before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another who is better than she.'

7.  Kitchen
The Kitchen (K.24b).

8.  Mrs W
Not identified; presumably a portrait of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], such as Beatrix Whistler (C.80).

9.  [p. 4]
Printed address header appears at top of p. 4, as on p. 1.

10.  Mr. Ives of Chicago
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more].

11.  Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

12.  Balcony
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56).

13.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). It was owned by the Glasgow Corporation.

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

15.  Nocturne - Chelsea
JW had a few Nocturnes still in his possession, such as Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170), but it is not clear to which one Kennedy is referring.

16.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).