The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09799
Date: [12/15 February 1900][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/134
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[3]

O K!

I have lots of things to say to you - and much of them we could enjoy just now! But this is a rush to tell you to send over the most magnificent proofs - say about 30. of them - for the Great Exposition[4] -

Of course I dont know how many they can place - But the rest I think I can [p. 2] show in an Exhibition of my own I am thinking of!! -

In short something very swell must be done - and you are of course the man to do it -

I want the fine full length of "Annie Haden[5]" - (dry point) - "Jo[6]" - Axenfeld - "Chancellerie[7]" - "Mairie[8]" (Loches)

I cannot remember at this moment - but you know let us have the most rich and effective and brilliant display - I believe you have all my beautiful "Doorways[9]" - and Venice - In any case mark them on the back and send them - also Amsterdam - and you have fine proof of "Smithy[10]" - very rich interior - smith filing at window - [p. 3] beautiful work in roof and background -

Then there is rare proof of Jo & her sister doing her hair - "The Toilette[11]" I think it may be called - (dry point)

Well do what you can O K! -

You did it wonderfully at the Chicago[12] so let us do it here -

I know I give no time - I know I am impossible! - but you are all right -

How will you send them?

Of course by post - Of course only the proofs - no mounts - I can have them mounted & framed - There is no tax - so perhaps they might come flat -

[p. 4] I am staying at the Chatham Hotel -

You had better send the proofs direct to me here - Chatham Hotel - Rue Daunon - Paris - unless you think that it would be wiser or better to send them to Lauser[13] in London, where I could take them, and have them mounted by my man - or borrow the frames [from] The Butterfly Co -

I want a fine proof of Cameo No. 1[14] - and Cameo No. 2.[15] and I should like [illegible] the lithographs: Dancing girl[16] - Model reading[17] (a little nude figure -) Mother & Child[18] on sofa, I don't remember exact title - there are three of this subject, draped - two very rare -

You might cable me here: Whistler, Chathamel, Paris - Sending. & charge to my account -

Now[19] this must go - and thank you O K!

and I suppose you will be over here yourself! so thats all right! -

And poor dear Britons[20]! are n't they just having a time of it!! -


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1.  [12/15 February 1900]
An accompanying note in another hand reads 'Letter from Whistler written from Paris to Mr Kennedy of Wunderlich & Co - & received in New York. Feb. 27th 1900 - and turned over by K to HM.'

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

3.  ALS
The paper has a mourning border.

4.  Great Exposition
Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900.

5.  Annie Haden
Annie Haden (K.62).

6.  Jo
Joanna Hiffernan (b. ca 1843), JW's model and mistress [more].

7.  Chancellerie
Chancellerie, Loches (K.383).

8.  Mairie
Mairie, Loches (K.382).

9.  Doorways
The Doorway (K.188).

10.  Smithy
The Smithy (K.240).

11.  The Toilette
Jo Hiffernan and Bridget Agnes Hiffernan (1844/1845-after 1919), mistress and later wife of C. J. Singleton, and sister of Joanna Hiffernan [more], as pictured in The Toilet (K.93).

12.  Chicago
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

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

14.  Cameo No. 1
Cameo No.1 (Mother and Child) (K.347).

15.  Cameo No. 2.
Cameo No.2 (K.348).

16.  Dancing girl
Draped Model, Dancing (C.50).

17.  Model reading
The Novel: Girl Reading (C.32).

18.  Mother & Child
Possibly Mother and Child, No. 1 (C.51), Mother and Child, No. 3 (C.52), or Mother and Child, No. 2 (C.53).

19.  Now ... [butterfly signature]
The remainder of the text is added in the left margin of p. 1.

20.  poor dear Britons
It is not entirely clear whether JW was referring to the weather (showers of rain and sleet) or the seige of Kimberley by the Boers in the Transvaal, during the Boer war.