System Number: 07323
Date: 8 May 1900
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1311
Document Type: ALS
[print of hotel]
GRAND HÔTEL TERMINUS
GARE ST. LAZARE
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. That of the U. S. is excellent, I think. Your portrait looks fine, and is beautiful in Colour. So does the Andalusienne, 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!
The Durer 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 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
Your old friend Gosselin has given up business & lives in the Country -
Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900.
Possibly James Herbert Snell (1861-1935), artist.