The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07280
Date: 4 September 1896
Author: H. Wunderlich and Co.[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1268
Document Type: ALS


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

Sept 4th 1896

James McN. Whistler Esq.

Dear Sir,

It has just occurred that according to promise Mr. Kennedy[2] has not made out the agreement entered into between you and he this summer. The agreement is that he bought of you in the first place, the Smith[3], the little Rose[4] and the portrait of Mrs. Whilby[5] [sic], either the black one or the pink one, for £1500/-/-. Upon you saying: "You will give £2000/-/- for the four, I suppose," Mr. Kennedy said: "Yes, I will, but you will agree to finish the hands of the pink one, and complete the one in black and mauve to your satisfaction". When Mr. Kennedy was leaving England you said that you thought of giving the pink portrait to the Luxembourg gallery, [p. 2] but upon Mr. Kennedy showing that the lack of the pink portrait in America would embarrass him, you said that you would either let him have that one or paint another one similar.

Five hundred pounds was paid down to seal the bargain, and when we receive the one full length we shall pay £1000/-/-, two full length making £2000/-/- in all. It is understood by Mr. Kennedy that you would not put in the fourth picture at the price you did, except as a temptation to buy another.

We hope to buy more from you in the future. Enclosed find check for £223/8/10d for etchings bought from lot sent out, also list of those here, with prices, as near as we can get them. Please fill out the missing prices and return the list at your earliest convenience. At the end of the list you will find a number of etchings (put down in pencil) the titles of which we are not familiar with. We enclose sketches of the different subjects [p. 3][6] and shall thank you for marking same with titles and prices.

By returning sketches and list as speedily as possible you will greatly oblige

Yours very truly

H. Wunderlich & Co.

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1.  H. Wunderlich and Co.
The firm established by Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more].

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

3.  Smith
The Master Smith of Lyme Regis (YMSM 450).

4.  little Rose
The Little Rose of Lyme Regis (YMSM 449).

5.  portrait of Mrs. Whilby
Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378), which he eventually bought, and Rose et or: La Tulipe (YMSM 418).

6.  [p. 3]
The printed letterhead appears at the top of pp. 1 and 3.