System Number: 07214
Date: 12 April 1893
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1202
Document Type: ALS
Copy of invoice 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|
|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", 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", 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". 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 I had from you, I paid 6 /6 /- for. The Mrs. W. 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] 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. 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 a line and ask him to lend the Balcony and send one of your full length figures from Scotland? Ives thinks he may get the Carlyle, but is not sure. Drop the Carlyle people a line, also Reid. Why don't you send the Nocturne - Chelsea you have, and the Sarasate? 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.
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.
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.'
9. [p. 4]
Printed address header appears at top of p. 4, as on p. 1.