The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09829
Date: 12 August 1892
Author: Beatrix Whistler[1]
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
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 -

They have been entrusted to the Durand Ruels[4], who have most carefully packed them - and insured them [p. 2] for £650., and Jimmy has been to the Consul and got the Certificate[5] -

Why didnt you have new frames for them all -

The Battersea[6] 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[7], 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!

[p. 4] Mr Carter[8] has been here, and Mr Mansfield[9] is coming - Mr Carter is coming back again[,] he is very anxious to have an etching done - of himself - I think it is because he saw yours[10] -

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
Believe me
Very sincerely,

Beatrix Whistler

August 12 - 1892.

PS.[11] Jimmy says I mustn't be too enthusiastic about your portrait, because he is not by any means contented with it!!

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1.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

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

3.  1892
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).

5.  Certificate
A certificate was required to ensure duty-free entry into the USA.

6.  Battersea
Battersea Reach (YMSM 45).

7.  exhibition
The idea of having a show at Wunderlich's in New York was abandoned.

8.  Mr Carter
L. Carter, collector [more].

9.  Mr Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more].

10.  yours
JW had made a portrait etching of Kennedy, but was not satisfied, and destroyed it.

11.  PS.
Written in left margin.