The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09699
Date: [21 October / November 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/32
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[3]

16 & 18, RUE DÉ GRENELLE, 16 & 18

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Always address all letters there[4] - meanwhile dear Mr Kennedy we are in this delightful old hotel because it is close to the "Garden" out of which we have not yet driven the workmen to make room for us - However I fancy now that in a week or two we shall manage even that! -

Enclosed I send you for your Private consideration the most charming and excellent letter from Mr Ives[5], Chief of [p. 2] Fine Art Department, Chicago! - and my answer -

You will see from the warmth of his manner that we will be well received and that it would be folly indeed to miss having a fine show in the place - especially after the business of the Correspondence with the English Section[6]!! -

Now do write to Mr. Ives yourself at once, upon the lines of my letter, saying that you represent me in this matter - and find out clearly all that ought to be done -

About the etchings it will be all right - what with Mr Mansfield[7] and others - Then, for pastels, there is Mr. Freer[8] - Mr Mansfield - Mr Hecker[9] - Mrs Jack Gardner[10] - and some that I hope to borrow here - Water colours - we can manage a few - and lithographs..

Oil paintings - I believe we can rely on full lengths:

"La Dame au brodequin Jaune[11]"
"The furred Jacket[12]."
The Princesse des Pays de la Porcelaine[13] -

Then Mr Untermeyer[14] who has bought the Nocturne, "Falling Rocket[15]" has written to promise to lend it -

There will be the "Fire Wheel[16]" also - and I may manage to borrow one or two "blue & Silver" ones -

Say to Mr. Ives that it would be well if he[17] were to write to the Town Council of Glasgow and borrow the Carlyle[18] -

This is what you remember the English Secretary proposed that Sir Frederick Leighton[19] would do -

Also why not ask W. C. Alexander[20] Esqr. for the loan [p. 3] of "Miss Alexander[21]" and his Nocturne - his address is Aubrey House - Aubrey Road, Campden Hill - Kensington - London -

Mr. Graham Robertson[22], of Rutland Gate. London ought to be asked to lend "Miss Corder[23]" and certainly his "Valparaiso[24]" -

Then there are your own pictures that you are going to send! ! n'est ce pas? -

This must catch the post immediately - I shall write again in a day or two - You have however had a long letter from me - I am giving Richards[25] thunder about the charges he made you -

With kindest regards from us both,
Always Sincerely

J McN Whistler

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1.  [21 October / November 1892]
Dated from the reference to an exhibition (see below).

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

3.  ALS
Written in purple ink, at right-angles to the printed address.

4.  there
An arrow has been drawn, pointing to the address in Rue du Bac.

5.  Mr Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more]. Ives was chief of the Fine Arts Department of the World's Columbian Exhibition Corporation for the World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893. His letter is #11502.

6.  English Section
See JW's reply, #09694.

7.  Mr Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

8.  Mr. Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

9.  Mr Hecker
Col. Frank J. Hecker (1846-1927), partner of C. L. Freer, Michigan and Peninsular Car Company [more].

10.  Mrs Jack Gardner
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), née Stewart, collector [more].

11.  La Dame au brodequin Jaune
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

12.  The furred Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

13.  The Princesse des Pays de la Porcelaine
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

14.  Mr Untermeyer
Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more].

15.  Falling Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

16.  Fire Wheel
Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169).

17.  he
Double underlined.

18.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

19.  Sir Frederick Leighton
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more].

20.  W. C. Alexander
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more].

21.  Miss Alexander
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129).

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

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

24.  Valparaiso
Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73).

25.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].