System Number: 09703
Date: [22 October / November 1892]
Author: Beatrix Whistler
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/35-36
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS
Hotel du Bon la Fontaine.
16 Rue de Grenelle.
My dear Mr Kennedy.
I enclose a copy of a letter from Mr Ives, also one from Abbey. Also a copy of the list of pictures sent to Mr Ives. Mr Whistler is very pleased that Mr Mansfield is interesting himself in the etchings. Is Mr Avery going to send any? He has Mr Whistler thinks, [p. 2] some unique proofs.
Mr Whistler is going to write to Mrs Hutton. 938 Hollins St Baltimore for her picture of "the Pool" - We have heard it wants putting in order badly - but she is so frightened that it may be injured by injudicious cleaning that she will not trust it to anyone - This is of course just as dangerous - more - a great deal - for it will only get worse - - What Mr Whistler [p. 3] is going to try and do is to persuade her to send it to him in Paris - so that it can be done - under his own direction - but supposing she is afraid of this - Could you persuade her to trust it to you - Who is the great New York cleaner?
Of course - It would have to be most carefully done -
Your picture - is the first that will be printed - The press has not been turned yet - [p. 4] There are several pictures going on - and pastels - -
We have heard from Mr Freer - He telegraphed asking if Harpers might reproduce the "Balcony"[.] We are very glad he has bought it - and hope you got the 1000 guineas, and that he will lend it to the Chicago Exposition -
We hope they will be able to get the Carlyle from Glasgow - and "the Pool" from Mrs. Hutton - Dont you think - if we fail - you might try your powers of persuasion -
I am very anxious that it shall be a great success -
Jimmy is so interested in his new studio and his new pictures that I think we shall have to run this business together - I dont [p. 6] want to disturb his painting for he has done some beautiful pastels - There is one exquisite little lady nursing a doll - which I hope will find its way to you one of these days - for your exhibition -
Will you send the list to Mr Ives?
Well - I think that is all for this letter - We will send you Mrs [p. 7] Huttons answer directly we get it - I suppose it will be no good trying for the 'Piano' from Seymour Haden!!! He is on the English committee!
With kind regards
PS. I send you a long list because it is possible we shall not get a quarter of them - [p. 8] all those that are certain with the exception of the Balcony and the Princess - are dark pictures - and we do not want the old joke about the coal hole style of portraiture to be revived - !! -
|"Lady Archibald Campbell."||Alexander Reid Esq|
|"The Fur Jacket."||227- West George St|
|"The Princess".||Glasgow. Scotland|
|"The Carlyle" —||The Corporation of Glasgow -|
|"Valparaiso —"||23 Rutland Gate S W|
|"The Blue Wave"||J. C. Potter Esq,|
|"Little White Girl"||2 Ennismore Gardens -|
|[&?] Earnsdale - Darwen|
|Harmony in Pink||Lady Meux -|
|& Grey. Portrait of||1 Park Lane -|
|Lady Meux -||W. London -|
|"The Golden Screen,"||Lord Battersea|
|Surrey House. Park Place W|
|x "Valparaiso Nocturne" -||Sir John Day -|
|25 Collingham Gardens|
|x "Old Battersea Bridge"||Alexander Ionides Esq|
|1 Holland Park|
|"Nocturne in Blue & Silver"||Mrs Leyland|
|4 Hanes Place -|
|x "The Ocean."||W Malleson Esq.|
|Haling Rd. Pk|
|Road - Croyden [sic]|
|Sea Piece - Trouville -||J J. Shannon Esq.|
|"The Fire-Wheel"||J. McN. Whistler.|
|"The Falling Rocket"||S. Untermeyer Esq.|
|875 Fifth Avenue|
|N Y -|
|x "The Balcony"||C. Freer Esq.|
|x "Westminster Bridge."||E G Kennedy Esq.|
|Battersea Reach -|
|Nocturne||W. Alexander Esq.|
|x "The Pool."||Mrs S W Hutton|
|938 Hollins St.|
|Baltimore - USA|
|Symphony in White||Louis Huth Esq.|
|No. 3 .||Possing worth|
|Cross in Hand|
|Small Pictures||H Theobald Esq.|
|Little Mephisto||5 Westbourne|
|Girl with Fan||Square|
|Several Small Landscapes -||W.|
|"Fête on Sands",||- Mr Hooper|
|"Little Sweet "Shop" -||Mrs Wikham Flower [sic]|
|Old Swan House|
|Senor Pablo de Sarasate|
1. [22 October / November 1892]
This letter appears to date from shortly after #09694 and #09699, and relates to plans for lending to World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.
11. Chicago Exposition
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.
18. Alexander Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more], owned Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) and La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).
19. Grahame Robertson
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more], owned Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203) and Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73).
20. J. C. Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more], owned Blue and Silver: Blue Wave, Biarritz (YMSM 41) and Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).
34. H Theobald
Henry Studdy Theobald (1847-1934), barrister and collector [more], owned Red and Pink: La Petite Mephisto (YMSM 255). See also discussion in Studies for the Mummy Cloth & Notes for Dress (M.568) of a collection of drawings owned by Theobald to which these items may relate.