The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07257
Date: 30 August 1895
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1245
Document Type: ALS

Aug. 30 / 95


My dear Mr Whistler,

I have yours[2] postmarked 16th inst. and had commenced a reply which I would have finished, but the weather was so infernally hot and muggy that I gave it up; it was impossible to do anything. To-night is cooler, and as I go to Lake Champlain to-morrow for a few days fishing, I drop you a line to say that I regret very much to hear of madam's[3] illness [p. 2] and can only trust that the change you contemplate will be beneficial. Is seems hard to realize that one who looked so well should be unwell. Alas, that it should be so!

When you send the doctor's picture[4] send by steamer direct. Give the value as £96/-/- otherwise we shall have to pay four times the freight. Do not insure, as we do the insurance here which has nothing to do with Consular invoice or anything else, as we have a floating policy. It is too long to explain. I think I may dispose of it as it is at £300/-/-[;] I was to have given £400/-/- with al-[p. 3]-terations, that is completed and so on. By completed, I mean with the face & hands of the woman finished, and the tonality not disturbed.

I daresay I am too guileless for this wicked, wicked world, but what can I do? "I have friends in both places" on the other shore.

I have been down in Maine in an island in Casco bay. Delightful!

I did not see the portfolio of etchings, as I left London before they arrived there. I thank you for signing the set & Mrs. Gardiner's[5] proof which I have sent to her at Bev-[p. 4]erly, Mass.

Chapman[6] may be the deep dyed villain of melodrame [sic] but he was most obliging civil & polite to me.

"What! though thou art virtuous shall we have no more Cakes and ale?" If you had been there you would have enjoyed yourself too, I'm sure, for - well, I suppose there's no moral element in my Chiaroscuro now!

When I return I'll write.

With best regards to madam, yourself & Miss Philip[7], I am, as Ever
Sincerely Yours,

E. G. Kennedy.

I see[8] Pennington[9] is in Europe doing the grand social act, but you would have nothing in common with such naked and stupid sassiety - God save the work!!

[p. 5][10] P. S. I will attend to the clippings.

Glad you got a victory over the blood stained baronet[11],

Little Cortissoz[12] is at 60 or 66 rue de Seine as he is going to publish a book in Paris I hear. He won't call on you as you turned him down.

This was a mistake, but he is a very, in fact an unusually nice chap, and as you know, bears no malice.


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

2.  yours
Not located.

3.  madam's
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]. She had cancer.

4.  doctor's picture
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more], was selling Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63) through JW.

5.  Mrs. Gardiner's
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), née Stewart, collector [more].

6.  Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

7.  Miss Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], or Philippa Maude Philip (1865-1915), JW's sister-in-law [more].

8.  I see
'I see ... the work!!' is written in the space at the top of p. 1.

9.  Pennington
Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington (1854-1920), artist [more].

10.  [p. 5]
At the top of p. 5 appears the printed address header of the Reform Club. Also, written in another hand in pencil, is the date: ''Aug 30th '95".

11.  baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

12.  Little Cortissoz
Royal Cortissoz (1869-1948), author, art editor of the New York Herald Tribune [more].