The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 07340
Date: 27 March 1903
Author: David A. Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1328
Document Type: ALS



[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
220 5TH AVE. N- Y-

March 27 1903

Dear Mr Whistler,

The man whose pamphlet you disapproved of in 1895[2] is at work again, as you will see from the enclosed copy of a letter from him to H. Wunderlich & Co. Enclosed see the reply to his communication. I send you these letters as I know you like to be informed of what is going on.

When in London I looked through your portfolio of etchings, but at this moment I cannot recall the different subjects in it.

If you have good impressions[3] of. -

"Ponte Piovan", "San Biagio"
"Nocturne furnace", "Chancellerie, Loches"
[p. 2][4] "Under the Cathedral, Blois"
"The Cock and pump".
"Clock tower, Amboise"
"Hotel Allement [sic], Bourges"
"Hangman's house, Tours"
"Railway Station, Voves"
"Merton Villa, Chelsea"
"Charing + Railway bridge"
"Mairie, Loches"
"Troopships", "Monitors", "Visitors boat",
"Fleet, Evening" "The Turret ship"

You might send one of each to G. Lauser[5], 25 Garrick St, Covent Garden, or if this is not convenient to you, Lauser can send to your house for them, on being notified.

On receipt of a memo. of sub-[p. 3]-jects and prices, I will be pleased to send a cheque. I trust the bottle of cocktails reached you, without breakage. Hoping you are still improving in health, and with kind remembrance to Miss Philip[6], I am, dear Mr Whistler,

Yours very sincerely,

D. A. Kennedy.

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1.  David A. Kennedy
David A. Kennedy, New York dealer, brother of E. G. Kennedy [more].

2.  The man whose pamphlet you disapproved of in 1895
Possibly Joseph William Gleeson White (1851-1898), writer on art, first editor of the Studio [more]; see [White, Joseph William Gleeson], 'Lithographs and Their Printing: An Interview with Mr. Frederick Goulding', The Studio, no. 32, vol. 6, November 1895, pp. 86, 101.

3.  good impressions
The etchings Kennedy lists are the following: Ponte del Piovan (K.209); San Biagio (K.197); Nocturne: Furnace (K.213); Chancellerie, Loches (K.383); Under the Cathedral, Blois (K.397); The Cock and the Pump (K.304); Clock-Tower, Amboise (K.394); Hotel Lallement, Bourges (K.399); Hangman's House, Tours (K.376); Railway-Station, Voves (K.371); Merton Villa, Chelsea (K.277); Charing Cross Railway Bridge (K.310); Mairie, Loches (K.382); Troop Ships (K.319); Monitors (K.318); Visitor's Boat (K.320); The Fleet: Evening (K.326); and The Turret Ship (K.321).

4.  [p. 2]
The letterhead is printed at the top of pp. 1, 2 and 3. In each case, the date 'March 27th 1903' has been pencilled in by another hand.

5.  G. Lauser
Gustave Lauser (b. ca 1841), London print-seller [more].

6.  Miss Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].