The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07276
Date: 27 March 1896
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1264
Document Type: ALS


[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-

Mar. 27 1896.

My dear Mr Whistler,

The lithographs came to hand all right to-day, and in addition to your list:

3 Little Steps[2] Lyme Regis
3    "    Doorway    "   "
3   "    Priest's house - Rouen
1 Strong arm Lyme Regis
1 Needlework.

For obvious reasons I have not alluded to your increase in prices, nor shall I now except to say that I took orders on those first sent over, so that in selling them at the old price, I am out of pocket. This I'm sure, we can arrange satisfactorily when I see [p. 2] you, so we'll say no more about it now. The impressions are not nearly as good as the early ones which I have retained.

The ink is blacker & noisier than the first ones, which are a grey black - very agreable [sic].

It is cold here & most disagreable [sic]. High winds during the month and low temperature - 18 Fahrenheit this morning.

The new lithographs are charming but every one says too dear!

So do I. 3 /3 /- is enough in all conscience. However you are the doctor - I presume I am making myself unpopular over there by [p. 3] plain speaking, but I think you ought to know how people feel about these things. Where is John Caldwell's[3] book plate?

You have said nothing about the painting of the Blacksmith[4] which I asked about. Why? How about the Girl in pink[5] and her in grey or black[6]? Also, dont forget about the portrait of Whistler[7], full length, which Martin Brimmer[8] spoke to you about. Poor Brimmer is dead, as you may know. In your next, I hope to receive a good account of Mrs. Whistler's[9] progress towards recovery.

How is Mrs. Whibley[10]? not to forget the husband[11] of Mrs. Whibley?

Keep your spirits up, it is always darkest before dawn.

I must close to catch post. With kind regards to all.

Yours Sincerely,

E. G. Kennedy.

[p. 4] "Say," said the admiring magnate of trade, "that poster is all right. Man would know the minute he looks at it what it is meant to advertise." And he handed the artist a cheque for four figures and went his way.

The artist sighed. "So, it is perfectly intelligible, is it," said he to himself. "Ah, well, better men than I, have at times sacrificed Art to their necessities."

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

2.  Little Steps
The works in the list are: The Little Steps, Lyme Regis (C.131); The Little Doorway, Lyme Regis (C.119); The Priest's House, Rouen (C.105); The Strong Arm (C.125); Needlework (C.149).

3.  [p. 2]
The printed address header is repeated at the top of p. 2. Also at the top of that page, written in pencil in another hand, is the date: 'Mar. 29th 1896'

4.  John Caldwell's
John Caldwell, Board Chairman, Carnegie Art Galleries [more].

5.  Blacksmith
The Master Smith of Lyme Regis (YMSM 450).

6.  Girl in pink
Rose et or: La Tulipe (YMSM 418).

7.  grey or black
Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378).

8.  portrait of Whistler
Probably Brown and Gold (YMSM 440).

9.  Martin Brimmer
Martin Brimmer (1829-1896), collector and official at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts [more].

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

11.  Mrs. Whibley
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

12.  husband
Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more].