The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09727
Date: [9 June 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: London
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/63
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.

My dear O K! -

I am worked to extreme tension! Still we shall be delighted to see you. Bring the small O K[3] with you and I daresay we shall manage some morning soon - Though not before the departure of the Chicago beauty[4] -

[p. 2] It is too absolutely devilish - but of late all these beautiful things that I undertake are interfered with and my elbow jogged by the people wanting to go off on such a steamer!

No masterpiece should be subjected to such nonsense - What am I to do!

Of course I ought not to undertake them - but I am led on - and the work gets lovely and just as I ought to have calm and exceeding repose in order to produce all the beautiful detail that should mark the picture as something rare in quality, here they begin to nag and hasten me! -

London I suppose is dull - and you had better come here.

We are not well[5] - and have been suffering much lately!

A bientot -

J.Mc N.Whistler -

Thomson[6] was here but I was unable to see him. I daresay he has told you -

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E. G. Kennedy Esq.
care of Messrs Lauser[7] -
25. Garrick Street
Covent Garden -
[postmark:] PARIS 80 / R. DU BAC / 7E | 9 / JUIN / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W.C / KM / JU10 / 95


1.  [9 June 1895]
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  small O K
Portrait of E. G. Kennedy (2) (YMSM 404).

4.  Chicago beauty
Marion Peck (b. ca 1872), later Mrs Farquhar [more], posing for Portrait of Miss Marion Peck (YMSM 439).

5.  We are not well
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], was suffering from a recurrence of the cancer that was to kill her within a year.

6.  Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

7.  Messrs Lauser
Gustave Lauser (b. ca 1841), London print-seller [more].