System Number: 07302
Date: 22 November 1898
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: New York
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1290
Document Type: ALS
Nov. 22nd 1898.
[embossed laurels with theatre masks emblem]
16 GRAMERCY PARK.
My dear friend,
Here we are again, as the Clown exclaims in the pantomime.
I heard from Mrs. Pennell some time ago, and that is the only word I've had from anything appertaining to the Whistlerian world since I left London. Should you drift over to London about Thanksgiving or Christmas time, no doubt Mrs. Pennell will give you some mince pie from Mrs. Talman, which is guaranteed to produce twenty five kinds of horrible dreams in one night.
[p. 2] I had my Thanksgiving dinner with some friends, lots of Good Cheer, wines of all sorts &c. but not the old-fashioned Thanksgiving, where nothing precedes the turkey, which with sweet 'taters, cranberry sauce and hard cider, is fit for even Whistler!
You[r] portrait by Boxall is over here now, and I am going to exhibit it when we repeal the law putting a duty upon works of American artists who have resided abroad more than five years. Why dont you bring everything with you & pay us a Christmas visit? You would be heartily welcomed by everyone.
I presume that you got the Cards, Catalogues &c. which I sent you about the exhibition of etchings.
George W. Vanderbilt, of whom I have seen nothing since his return to America, is still in N. C. at Biltmore. When are you going down there?
I got a business letter from him the other day, but I suppose he is enjoying himself with his new wife. Besides, he has let his house in town to his sister, Mrs. Sloane [p. 4] while she is building a new one of her own.
Business, I think, has improved & I have made some good sales. I sold the Seymour Haden Collection of etchings by Whistler, and many more important things
Are you still in rue du Bac? Are all well?
How are you? If you don't drop me a line, you shall never more hear from,
3. Mrs. Talman
Mrs Talman, friend of E. G. Kennedy.
9. Mrs. Sloane
Emily Sloane (1852-1946), née Vanderbilt.
10. Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. Haden owned many of JW's etchings: in 1858, JW dedicated Twelve Etchings from Nature, 1858 (the 'French Set', K.9-11, 13-17, 19, 21, 22, 24). (excat 3) to him.