The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07323
Date: 8 May 1900
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1311
Document Type: ALS

[print of hotel]


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LE May 8 1900

My dear friend,

Here I am again at the old stand! I had a good passage across at Boulogne, but it rained, & is now gloomy & raining here.

I have a pain under my left shoulder & must consult a doctor, I fear. Cold, I suppose.

I got a glimpse of the Fine Arts Section of the exhibition[2]. That of the U. S. is excellent, I think. Your portrait[3] looks fine, and is beautiful in Colour. So does the Andalusienne[4], which I shall [p. 2] be very glad to have.

I shall wait, therefore, until my return from Germany, when I presume you will be in Paris; then I can go to the studio, see things, and settle up etchings and all at the same time.

If you are not returning here for some time, I shall have to forego the studio, or return to Paris later.

The exhibition promises to be very grand when completed, which it will be about first of June. At present Paris is not crowded, but prices are inflated.

It is amusing to have to pay almost double for a room, and underneath the printed notice, be naïvely informed that when the [p. 3] exhibition is over, the old tariff will be rigorously enforced!

I saw St. Gaudens[5] who is going home in July, also Caldwell[6], Snell[7] &c.. Did you notice your old friend Homer Martin's[8] landscapes?

The Durer[9] drawings sold at the most absurd prices, one bringing 36,000 francs, another 17,000[,] another 12,000; also others for 6000 - & 2000 -.

Nothing but rarity is the cause for this wild outbreak of prices, as other drawings are much superior & more attractive. But when all the Museums and Rothschild[10] compete, it is a battle of giants.

Excuse this hurried scrawl [p. 4] as I am in a hurry, having much to do before I leave the gay city.

Trusting that you are enjoying yourself on the island, I am, as always

Sincerely Yours

O'K -

Your old friend Gosselin[11] has given up business & lives in the Country -

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

2.  exhibition
Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900.

3.  Your portrait
Brown and Gold (YMSM 440).

4.  the Andalusienne
Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378).

5.  St. Gaudens
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), sculptor [more].

6.  Caldwell
John Caldwell, Board Chairman, Carnegie Art Galleries [more].

7.  Snell
Possibly James Herbert Snell (1861-1935), artist.

8.  Homer Martin's
Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897), landscape and coastal painter [more].

9.  Durer
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), artist [more].

10.  Rothschild
Baron Ferdinand James Rothschild (1839-1898), collector [more].

11.  Gosselin
Edmund Gosselin (1849-1917), reproductive etcher and Paris print dealer [more].