System Number: 09694
Date: 20 October 1892
Recipient: Halsey Cooley Ives
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/29
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: MsLS
110. Rue de Bac. Paris
Oct. 20. 1892
Dear Sir -
I have been much absent from town, and it is only on my return to Paris that I find your most courteous and very kind letter -
It has been a source of regret to me that I had not the pleasure of seeing you at the time of your visit to Europe - and I can quite understand the mistaken opinion that was urged upon you by the English authorities, between whom and myself a correspondence which you may have seen has done away with any doubts they might have entertained upon that subject -
I am greatly interested in the Chicago Exposition, and most anxious to be well represented there. Also I have talked the matter over with Mr Kennedy of Messrs Wunderlich. 868 Broadway - New-York - and he has kindly undertaken to receive all works for me, and to attend to all details of collecting - arranging, etc.
I have written to him advising him of your official letter and begging him [p. 2] to address himself to you —–
I trust that I may be enabled to bring together a sufficient number of paintings, though the difficulties in borrowing in England are
many very great. - on the other hand I am assured that in the way of etchings, I shall have really quite a large collection, thanks to the amiable cooperation of American collectors.
I beg to thank you for your most graceful offer of assistence [sic] - whose flattering spontaneity - - so strongly in contrast to the official attitude in London - I fully appreciate
And, I am -
Very faithfully Yours
J McNeill Whistler
Halsey C Ives Esq.
etc - etc - etc
PrivateE. G. Kennedy Esq
U. S A -
'1892 / J. McN. Whistler / Paris Oct. 26th'
[stamp x 2:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[postmark:] PARIS R. DU VIEUX COLOMBIER / 7E 26 / OCT / 92
[postmark on verso:] P.O.N.Y / PAID ALL / D / 11-7-92 / 5-1
1. Halsey Cooley Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more]; he was chief of the Fine Arts Department of the World's Columbian Exhibition Corporation. See also other correspondence #02705; #09247; #09701.
Written by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], and signed by JW. It is possible this was a copy, or that it was intended to be forwarded to Ives. The note on the envelope, '1892 ... 26th', was written by Kennedy at right angles to the address.
4. Chicago Exposition
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.