The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09676
Date: [19 March 1892][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[3]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/11
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS

33. Rue de Tournon -

Dear Mr Kennedy,

We have been abroad for some time, and your letter has followed us here -

I cannot tell you how sorry we were to hear of the death of poor Mr Wunderlich[4], he was such a nice man - We feel the greatest sympathy for his family - [p. 2] I suppose you know, too, of the death of Mr Hutchinson[5], and the sale of his etchings - We hear the sale was a great success - all the papers sent to us say the prices were quite exceptional -

I saw our old friend Mr Keppel[6] was buying largely - but I did not see your name -

Since the sale of the Mother's[7] picture to the French Government, it is wonderful in what a different tone Whistler's pictures are spoken of by the [p. 3] London press - Several have said that his are the only pictures likely to increase in value as time goes on - Apropos of which - the Rosa Corder[8] picture has been bought by Mr Graham Robertson[9] - of Rutland Gate - so I am afraid you are a little too late for that one -

The Exhibition[10] the Goupils have got together will be a very interesting one, it will be curious to see the result.

Mr Whistler will let you know - directly any new [p. 4] new [sic] etchings are ready. I think there is a proof of the Battersea Bridge No. 3 - you asked for, which I will send to you on our return to town.

I think you know Mr Whistler has been doing coloured lithographs for some time passed [sic]. He thinks he has at last solved the difficulty, and they will shortly be published, I think by Mr Heinemann[11].

With our kindest regards and best wishes
Believe me
Very sincerely

Beatrix Whistler

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'March 19, 1892'

E. G. Kennedy Esq
868. B - Way -
New - York.
[postmark:] PARIS 6 / R. DE VAUGIRARD / 6E 19 / MARS / 92
[postmark on verso:] D / 3-29 92 / N. Y.
[postmark on verso:] NEW YORK / MAR 28 /92 / M PAID / PD


1.  [19 March 1892]
Dated from the postmark. The date is also written in an unknown hand on the envelope.

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

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

4.  Mr Wunderlich
Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more].

5.  Mr Hutchinson
Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), stock broker and collector [more].

6.  Mr Keppel
Frederick Keppel (1845-1912), New York print dealer [more].

7.  Mother's
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

8.  Rosa Corder
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203).

9.  Mr Graham Robertson
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more].

10.  Exhibition
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

11.  Mr Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more]; he did not, in the end, publish a set of colour lithographs.