The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09765
Date: [1 January 1897][1]
Author: Ethel Whibley[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[3]
Place: New York
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/97
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[4]

7 Rue Garansière

My dear Mr Kennedy

I have just returned from a very flying visit to London where I saw my brother in law[5].

He told me he has received a letter[6] from you (p. 2) and he is so preoccupied with his work & other in other ways which I am sure you will understand, that he asked me in the meantime to write & tell you that all will be quite right, & you are not to worry yourself[.] (p. 3) As soon as the picture[7] is finished you shall have it and that he will write soon to you himself -

With our kindest wishes for the New Year from us both[8]
Sincerely yours

Ethel Whibley

[p. 4] 'Owes[9] me a full length picture which I have not paid for however. Knowing him of old.

He has not written since I left London & there there he wanted to see me everyday! Went to Honfleur & Trouville together for a week, via Havre. Inseparable, yet not a line, though a month ago I sent him a cheque for £1200/-/- that is £900/-/- for Sarasate[10] and 270/-/- for Carmen[11] & rough study

E. G. K.

Feb. 1/97'

[p. 5] 'Whistler has one of his "brilliant flashes of silence", Preditating mischief? Hum!



I asked Chase (W. M.)[12] "He will turn on you some day Kennedy, mark my words".
"Let him turn," says I, "others can do a formidable turning act too!" '

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'Jan 1. 1897'

E. G. Kennedy Esq
868 Broadway
New York
États Unis
[postmark:] PARIS - 45 / R. DES SAINTS PERES / [4E?] 1 / JANV / 97
[postmark on verso:] [illegible] 1-15-97 / 12 P / PAID ALL

'recd. K'


1.  [1 January 1897]
Dated from the postmark (see also Kennedy's note below).

2.  Ethel Whibley
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

3.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. His note appears at the top of p. 1: 'From Whistler's wife's sister Jan. 1/97 E.G.K.'

4.  ALS
Written on deep bordered mourning paper.

5.  brother in law
ie., JW.

6.  letter
Not located; the previous recorded letter is dated 14 November 1896, #07283.

7.  picture
Possibly Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378) or Red and Black: The Fan (YMSM 388).

8.  us both
Ethel and Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more].

9.  Owes ... act too
The remainder of the text is written by Kennedy.

10.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).

11.  Carmen
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441).

12.  Chase (W. M.)
William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), painter [more].