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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09725
Date: 27 April 1895
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/60
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.

April 27. 1895.

My dear Mr. O.K -

Many thanks for letter[2] with cheque for £35-2-7- just arrived -

I see that you put me down the coloured lithograph[3] at £4-4, and I remember that you said there are plenty of them about in Paris! -

Have you had [p. 2] the papers I sent you lately à propos of the Eden affair[4] and the George Moore[5] business? - I notice that, as is their wont, the American papers, in all that concerns me, toady the English press and make it their pleasure, and their duty I suppose, to be as grossly impertinent, abusive and disloyal to me as possible -

You are a nice people over there, and I like you much! -

When are we to expect you in the garden? -

I suppose you sail sometime about the end of May? -

Mean while you might write us any news you get, and tell me if you have managed to "catch on" to this Eden case? -

I am painting a portrait of a Chicago beauty[6] - so that will be another full length for that "Lake front" city! -

With kindest regards from us both[7]
Very sincerely Yours

J. McNeill Whistler


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Notes:

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

2.  letter
16 April 1895, #07249.

3.  coloured lithograph
Draped Figure, Reclining (C.56).

4.  Eden affair
Eden v. Whistler, the case brought against JW by Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more], over possession of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). It received extensive press coverage between 1894 and 1899.

5.  George Moore
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more], who had been Sir William Eden's ally in his dispute with JW, wrote to JW and published articles mocking JW for his age. JW challenged him to a duel on 12 March 1895, #04181. This affair ended with the publication of a procès-verbal in Le Journal, 24 March 1895 (see Barbier, Carl P., ed., Correspondance Mallarmé-Whistler: Histoire de la grande amitié de leurs dernières années, Paris, 1964 [GM, A.28], pp. 243-47).

6.  Chicago beauty
Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439).

7.  both
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].