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System Number: 09718
Date: [22 July 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/51
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS


'Whistler to E. G. Kennedy'
'22nd July 1894'

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

Monday July

My dear Mr O K! -

That's all right again! -
And you need not have further anxiety -

We are all afloat again! - and can quite easily wait now until in due course work on hand is finished etc etc -

The third sea piece has sold - You remember the little one, "Among the Rollers[3]", on panel, that hung in the Champs de Mars as pendant to Lady Eden's[4] tiny portrait - It is bought for £210 - So now [p. 2] the two larger marines[5] can hold on - at their proper price of four hundred gs. a piece -

Meanwhile a thousand thanks all the same for any effort you have been making to "save the Show"! - and your good health drunk by all of us. -

Now new and beautiful lithographs sent herewith -

Write at once and say how delighted you are with them -

You will find a small number on proof corresponding to number on list for name -

Marvellous skies here just now - ought to be at seaside! -

Will send the final denouement of the DuMaurier[6] business! Have wiped up the Heath with him!!. -

I should at this moment like to be drinking the Mint Julep you would be handing to me if I looked in upon you this afternoon! -

Goodbye O K! - with many nice messages from all of us[7]
Always sincerely

[butterfly signature]

[p. 3] List of Lithographs

Sent July 1894.

'a24325'[8]         s.
  No 1) "The long Balcony[9]." Paris Windows at time of procession of Carnots[10] funeral - [tick] 3. Proofs £6 - 6.
'26' No 2.) "The little Balcony, Paris windows" [tick] 3.  " 6 - 6.
'27' No 3.) "The Porch" - Garden".   3.  " 6 - 6.
'28' No 4.) "Le Rétameur, Impasse du Carmelites" [tick] 3. 2  " 4 - 4.
'29' No 5.) "The long Gallery - Louvre" [tick] 3. 2  " 4 - 4.
'30' No 6.) "The tete à tete . in the Garden" [tick] 3. 2  " 4 - 4.
'31' No 7.) The draped figure - [tick] 3.  " 6 - 6.
        £37. 16.
  'Take 20 off[11]'        
      15 per. cent. dis[count].    

 

J McN W.


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Notes:

1.  [22 July 1894]
Dated in another hand on p. 1, possibly by the recipient.

2.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. JW called him O'K.

3.  Among the Rollers
Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers (YMSM 413) was at the 4th Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1894.

4.  Lady Eden's
Lady Sybil Frances Eden (1867-1945), née Grey [more].

5.  two larger marines
Violet and Silver: A Deep Sea (YMSM 411) and Dark Blue and Silver (YMSM 412).

6.  DuMaurier
George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896), author and caricaturist [more]; the reference is to Du Maurier, George, 'Trilby,' Harper's New Monthly Magazine, serialised, begun 1 January 1894; reprinted (expunged) as Trilby: A Novel, New York, 1894; regular ed., London and New York, 1895.

7.  all of us
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], and perhaps Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

8.  'a24325'
Written in another hand; this is a code number for sales by Wunderlich and Co. The ticks and notes in the left column are written in pencil in another hand.

9.  The long Balcony
The Long Balcony (C.82), The Little Balcony (C.83), The Garden Porch (C.88), The Whitesmiths, Impasse des Carmélites (C.92), The Long Gallery, Louvre (C.86), and Tête-à-tête in the Garden (C.90); see JW's account, #13061.

10.  Take 30 off
Written in pencil in another hand.

11.  Carnots
Marie François Sadi Carnot (1837-1894), President of France from 1887-1894 [more].