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System Number: 07155
Date: 4 February 1888
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1143a
Document Type: ALS[2]

[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-

Feb. 4 / 88,

Dear Sir,

Have you done anything new lately? We have heard of your etching's [sic] of Buffalo Bill and lithographs[3] of different subjects. Can you put us in the way of procuring any of these? Can you also inform us if you are coming over to America[4] and if so, when? Also, have you ever done anything to the plate of "The Dyer[5]"? By giving the above your attention either directly or through Mr Brown[6] you will oblige us very much.

Many inquiries are constantly [p. 2] made here regarding your intentions to come over. If you came, you would have much more flattering success than any living artist.

Trusting to hear from you soon, we remain;
Yours Sincerely,

H. Wunderlich & Co


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1.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. JW wrote a draft reply upon this same sheet of paper; see #13574. Kennedy's reply to JW is dated 10 April, #07156.

2.  ALS
On p. 2 there is a draft reply from JW (see #13574).

3.  Buffalo Bill and lithographs
See JW's etchings of Buffalo Bill's wild west circus, Wild West, Buffalo Bill (K.313); Wild West (K.314) and The Bucking Horse (K.315). JW's recent lithographs included urban subjects like Churchyard (C.21) and Little Court, Cloth Fair (C.22) and a reworking of earlier domestic subjects such as Reading (C.17).

4.  America
In 1885, in the aftermath of JW's first delivery of his aesthetic manifesto, the 'Ten O'Clock Lecture,' the idea of a lecture tour to America seems to have arisen. For a lengthy period between 1885 and 1886, JW was intent on making the trip (see references in correspondence including JW to W. Merritt Chase, #00593; H. Wunderlich to JW, #07153; JW to O. Maus, #09235; JW to E. J. McNay, #08100). However, he never made the journey. Contributing factors may have been his involvement with the Society of British Artists (he was elected President on 1 June 1886) and other exhibition commitments (H. Lenoir to JW, #00928).

5.  The Dyer
The Dyer (K.219).

6.  Mr. Brown
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more].