The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09800
Date: [12 May 1900][1]
Author: JW
Place: London
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: Stuttgart
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/135
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[3]

5. Norfolk Street. Park Lane.

They gave me your Stuttgart address at Lausers[4], OK! and so I can answer your letter - otherwise there would have been no communication possible -

It is quite wonderful what you tell me of the Durer[5] drawings - and the great competition going on - I should like to see that German town myself - and only wish I had time to go on and join you for a while - [p. 2] Write me a line by return, and tell me when you propose to be in Paris - so that I can see whether I return while you are there - or whether I see you here again -

I am glad you like the pictures - especially am I pleased with what you say about my own portrait[6] - for I feared it might have been too sunken in to be at all seen - The "Andalouse[7]" is of course very swagger and in beautiful condition -

You might tell me what all was said, as you saw Caldwell[8] and the other officials, if anything was said, about these pictures -

Who is Mr Macomber[9] of Boston? -

Always my dear O K.

[butterfly signature]

'Received[10] at Stuttgart May 14th 1900.'

'written from Heinemann's[11] house'

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'May 14 / 1900[12]'

Monsieur E. G. Kennedy -
Hotel Marquardt -
Stuttgart -
Germany -
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2 1/2d
[postmark:] CHELSEA / S. W. / 2.30 PM / MY 12 / 00
[postmark on verso:] STUTTGAR[T] / R1 / 14 [illegible]


1.  [12 May 1900]
Dated from the postmark; the date of receipt is written in another hand on p. 1 and the envelope.

2.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. He replied to JW on 14 May 1900, #07324. JW called Kennedy O'K.

3.  ALS
The stationery has a mourning border.

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

5.  Durer
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), artist [more]; some drawings by him had reached high prices at auction, see Kennedy's letter of 8 May 1900, #07323.

6.  my own portrait
Brown and Gold (YMSM 440).

7.  Andalouse
Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378).

8.  Caldwell
John Caldwell, Board Chairman, Carnegie Art Galleries [more].

9.  Mr Macomber
Frank Gair Macomber (1849-1941), collector [more].

10.  Received ... house
Added at the foot of the page in another hand; the two lines appear to be in two different hands.

11.  Heinemann's
JW's address is that of William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

12.  May 14 / 1900
Added at the top of the envelope in another hand.