System Number: 09829
Date: 12 August 1892
Author: Beatrix Whistler
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy III/166
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS
J. McN. Whistler
Paris Aug. 12th
33. Rue de Tournon -
Dear Mr Kennedy.
The pictures are gone - So you see - they are beyond the reach of the passing American, however much we might wish to show them -
Why didnt you have new frames for them all -
The Battersea is in a shocking old thing - and as in the opinion of the French artistes who have seen it - it is one of the best - it deserves one. -
Jimmy says - of course you will put [p. 3] them at once under glass -
About the exhibition, One might be managed for next autumn or winter - 1893 - but it would be dangerous to promise any thing sooner -
We have not been able to get away yet. We are still tied to the architect and the workmen in the Rue de [sic] Bac -
It is getting on, and when you come back you will not recognise it - it will be lovely!
Yours is bitten in - and it looks extremely well on the plate - but it has not been printed yet - but as the press is up and the studio finished you may expect the first proof very soon -
With our Kindest regards
August 12 - 1892.
PS. Jimmy says I mustn't be too enthusiastic about your portrait, because he is not by any means contented with it!!
These notes were added in another hand.
4. Durand Ruels
Paul Durand-Ruel (1828 or 1831-1922), Paris art dealer, or one of his sons, Joseph (1862-1928), Charles (1865-1892) or Georges (1866-1931).
A certificate was required to ensure duty-free entry into the USA.
The idea of having a show at Wunderlich's in New York was abandoned.
JW had made a portrait etching of Kennedy, but was not satisfied, and destroyed it.
Written in left margin.