The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09712
Date: [10 December 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/45
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

Bravo, my dear Mr Kennedy! - A most delightful letter[3] - a very capital letter indeed - and we were immensely pleased with it! -

How nice and kind of you to take so much trouble about all these details for me -

I was awfully interested in reading your account of the etchings, and your report of the pictures - These, in their minuteness, were really the facts I all along wanted - [p. 2] and from no one could I have got them so well - and with such absolute completeness -

A thousand thanks my dear Kennedy -

Of course I must write and acknowledge the courtesy of the Secretary Assistant Chief, Mr Kurtz[4] - If you have any communication with him do tell him that I am going to write to him -

And then there is Mr. Mansfield[5] - Well! well! - You have all been simply charming - and I would have written to say, long ago, how pleased & touched I have been by such care - only there is a fatality about it [p. 3] and, as I must have told you, I only seem to answer immediately the advances of mine enemies! -

[p. 4] 110. Rue du Bac - Paris -

'10 Dec 1893'

My dear Mr Kennedy -

The enclosed is a bit of an old letter that I began to you - and lost - ages ago! - I send it to you now, that you may know how greatly pleased we were with a certain famous letter you had at that time written to us -

Now about the lithographs - I didn't send any note of the amount with them, as I thought you would remember - All the lithographs that you had before were two guineas each - and three guineas the coloured ones - and fifteen per cent discount on all lithographs - I have [p. 5] today received your post card with the following request:

Two complete sets of the Brittany lithographs[6] - twelve in all -

One view of a town -

One Market Place -

I am therefore now sending you two sets of the Brittany lot with the exception of The "Yellow & Green"[7] - Of this I have no proofs left - I had only had very few - when I discovered that my French Printer[8] had sold one that I had given him (after the old custom here between artist & printer) - So that has put an end to our relations - and there can be no more proofs for some time to come! -

Also two extra proofs - one of the View of Town - "Vitré[9]" - & one market place - "Marché Paimpol[10]" -

Moreover I send five new lithographs - two proofs of each - that is ten proofs that you have not seen - just out - I hope you may be as pleased with them as we happen to be over here! -

And here is how we stand - or I had better write it out clearly and enclose it - which I now do -

By the way the "Green & Yellow" house - Gutekunst[11] proposes to buy up altogether - so as usual I tell you - His proposal was made after you had written your first letter acknowledging the first batch of lithographs -

Write soon - The paper [p. 6] with the critique - very nice - I shall be pleased to see your friend[12] when he comes over here -

With kindest regards
Very sincerely

J McN. Whistler

The seated draped figure[13] you see is three guineas - The total I make sixty five pounds two shillings -

Fifteen per cent I make to be £9- 15- 6-, which leaves as I make it (having no Mr Hanson[14] by to make further mistakes for me), £55- 6- 6[15]

[butterfly signature]

[written in the left margin in another hand:]
'1893. / J. McN. Whistler / Paris Dec. 10th'

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1.  [10 December 1893]
Dated in an unknown hand, possibly on receipt.

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

3.  letter
Not located; see also JW to E. G. Kennedy, [21 September 1893], #09710.

4.  Kurtz
Charles McMeen Kurtz (1855-1909), Director of Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and Assistant Chief, U. S. Fine Art Department, World's Columbian Exposition [more], had written describing the hanging of JW's exhibits at World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893 to Kennedy on 4 October 1893, #00605, and this letter was forwarded to JW by Kennedy on 6 October, #07222.

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

6.  Brittany lithographs
The Marketplace, Vitré (C.62), Vitré: The Canal (C.63), Gabled Roofs (C.64), The Clock-Makers, Paimpol (C.65), Red House, Paimpol (C.66) and Yellow House, Lannion (C.67).

7.  Yellow and Green
Yellow House, Lannion (C.67).

8.  French Printer
Henri Belfond (fl. 1891-1894), lithographic printer [more]. See JW to T. R. Way, [12 November 1893], #03347.

9.  Vitré
Vitré: The Canal (C.63).

10.  Marché Paimpol
Probably The Marketplace, Vitré (C.62).

11.  Gutekunst
Otto Gutekunst (b. ca 1865 - after 1939), art dealer [more].

12.  friend
On 20 November 1893, Kennedy sent JW a press-cutting by Royal Cortissoz (1869-1948), author, art editor of the New York Herald Tribune [more], #07224.

13.  seated draped
The Draped Figure, Seated (C.72).

14.  Hanson
Charles James Whistler Hanson (1870-1935), engineer, son of JW and Louisa Fanny Hanson [more].

15.  55- 6- 6
Double underlined.