The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
Home > On-line Edition > Transcription/Database Record

the on-line edition

System Number: 09703
Date: [22 October / November 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/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[4], also one from Abbey[5]. Also a copy of the list of pictures sent to Mr Ives. Mr Whistler is very pleased that Mr Mansfield[6] is interesting himself in the etchings. Is Mr Avery[7] going to send any? He has Mr Whistler thinks, [p. 2] some unique proofs.

Mr Whistler is going to write to Mrs Hutton[8]. 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[9] - He telegraphed asking if Harpers might reproduce the "Balcony[10]"[.] 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[11] -

Did I tell you that it was Mrs Jack Gardner[12] who bought the Courbet[13] - She saw it in the studio and gave the 600. guineas - Mr Whistler [p. 5] said he should ask -

We hope they will be able to get the Carlyle[14] 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[15] - 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[16]!!! He is on the English committee!

With kind regards
Very sincerely.

Beatrix Whistler

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[17] - are dark pictures - and we do not want the old joke about the coal hole style of portraiture to be revived - !! -

[p. 9]

"Lady Archibald Campbell." Alexander Reid[18] Esq
"The Fur Jacket." 227- West George St
"The Princess". Glasgow. Scotland
"The Carlyle" — The Corporation of Glasgow -
"Rosa Corder." 23 Grahame Robertson[19], Esq
"Valparaiso —" 23 Rutland Gate S W
  London -
"The Blue Wave" J. C. Potter[20] Esq,
"Little White Girl" 2 Ennismore Gardens -
  [&?] Earnsdale - Darwen
Harmony in Pink Lady Meux[21] -
& Grey. Portrait of 1 Park Lane -
Lady Meux - W. London -
"The Golden Screen," Lord Battersea[22]
  Surrey House. Park Place W


[p. 10]

x "Valparaiso Nocturne" - Sir John Day[23] -
  25 Collingham Gardens
  S W.
x "Old Battersea Bridge" Alexander Ionides[24] Esq
  1 Holland Park
"Nocturne in Blue & Silver" Mrs Leyland[25]
  4 Hanes Place -
x "The Ocean." W Malleson[26] Esq.
  High Field
  Haling Rd. Pk
  Road - Croyden [sic]
Sea Piece - Trouville - J J. Shannon[27] Esq.
  Alexander Studios
  Alfred Place.


[p. 11]

"The Fire-Wheel[28]" J. McN. Whistler.
"The Falling Rocket" S. Untermeyer[29] Esq.
  875 Fifth Avenue
  N Y -
x "The Balcony" C. Freer Esq.
x "Westminster Bridge[30]." E G Kennedy Esq.
Battersea Reach -  
Miss Alexander Aubrey H
Nocturne W. Alexander[31] Esq.
  Aubrey House,
  Aubrey Rd.
  Campden Hill
x "The Pool." Mrs S W Hutton
  938 Hollins St.
  Baltimore - USA


[p. 12]

Symphony in White Louis Huth[32] Esq.
No. 3 . Possing worth
  Cross in Hand
  England -
Small Girl in black J. Bancroft[33] Esq.
reading - Boston -
Small Pictures H Theobald[34] Esq.
Little Mephisto 5 Westbourne
Girl with Fan Square
Several Small Landscapes - W.
"Fête on Sands", - Mr Hooper[35]
"Little Sweet "Shop" - Mrs Wikham Flower[36] [sic]
  Old Swan House
  Chelsea Embank
"The Life boat Otto Goldschmidt[37]
& another Senor Pablo de Sarasate[38]


This document is protected by copyright.


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.

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 Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more].

5.  Abbey
Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911), painter and illustrator [more].

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

7.  Mr Avery
Samuel Putnam Avery (1822-1904), print-publisher, collector and philanthropist [more].

8.  Mrs Hutton
Celeste Marguerite Winans (1855-1916), later Mrs Hutton, daughter of T. and C. Winans [more], owned Wapping (YMSM 35).

9.  Mr Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more], had recently bought Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56).

10.  Balcony
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56).

11.  Chicago Exposition
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

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

13.  Courbet
Harmony in Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 64), showing Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), painter [more], on the beach at Trouville.

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

15.  lady nursing a doll
The Green Cap (M.1527).

16.  Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more], who owned At the Piano (YMSM 24).

17.  Princess
Variations in Flesh Colour and Green: The Balcony (YMSM 56) and La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

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).

21.  Lady Meux
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more], owned Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229).

22.  Lord Battersea
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more], owned Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen (YMSM 60).

23.  Sir John Day
Sir John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908), QC, collector [more], owned Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

24.  Alexander Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more], owned Brown and Silver: Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 33).

25.  Mrs Leyland
Frances Leyland (1836-1910), née Dawson [more], owned Nocturne in Blue and Silver (YMSM 113).

26.  W Malleson
William Taylor Malleson (b. ca 1830), wine merchant and collector [more], owned Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72).

27.  J J. Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more], owned Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66).

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

29.  S. Untermeyer
Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more], owned Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

30.  Westminster Bridge
Kennedy had recently bought The Last of Old Westminster (YMSM 39) and Battersea Reach (YMSM 45).

31.  W. Alexander
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more], owned Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103).

32.  Louis Huth
Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more], owned Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61).

33.  J. Bancroft
John Chandler Bancroft (1822-1907), politician, diplomat and collector [more], owned Arrangement in Black: Girl Reading (YMSM 223).

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.

35.  Mr Hooper
Edward William Hooper (1839-1901), collector [more], owned A Red Note: Fête on the Sands, Ostend (YMSM 366).

36.  Wikham Flower
Elizabeth H. Flower (b. ca 1843), artist [more], owned An Orange Note: Sweet Shop (YMSM 264).

37.  Otto Goldschmidt
Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907), pianist, conductor, composer and impresario [more], owned Grey and Silver: Mist - Life Boat (YMSM 287).

38.  Sarasate
Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908), violinist [more]; his portrait was Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).