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System Number: 09705
Date: [17 April 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: London
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/38
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac - Paris.

Dear Mr Kennedy -

Many thanks for the cheque and nice letter[3] - It was charming of you to send me the round hundred - When you come back we must settle that -

I will send the package to the Quai Malaquai tomorrow morning -

The Sarasate[4] I am afraid could not be got at in this haste just yet -

Write & let me know when you think of [p. 2] turning up again - that I may have time for portrait[5] -

Now I ought though to tell you something that has occurred - I have an offer[6] to buy up my entire stock - i.e. proofs & lithographs -

I say this to you not in order to urge you to do any thing more - you have plenty of Whistlers already - but I feel that you would in some way like to hear of this before hand -

However I am to give an answer on Thursday morning this week - Of course I am as yet vague as to what I really have -

I send this off in haste so that you may have it on your arrival in London -

Always sincerely

J. McN. Whistler

Reed[7] has sent the three[8] pictures, "The Princess," "The furred Jacket," & the "Dame au Brodequin Jaune" (Lady A[9]) to Chicago long ago - We ought to have news of their safe arrival -

I have also heard from Glasgow that the Council have lent the "Carlyle[10]"!

From London they have lent the Valparaiso Nocturne[11] and the Sea piece "Trouville"[12] -

Mr Freer[13] ought to lend "The Balcony," won't [p. 3] you ask him? - and then there is Mr Untermeyer[14] in New York who will lend the "Falling Rocket" -

If you are writing to Mr Ives[15] couldn't you tell him those things -

[butterfly signature]

If you want

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'Apr. 17. 1893'[16]

E. G. Kennedy. Esq.
25. Garrick Street
Covent Garden
London -
[postmark:] PARIS-80 R. DU BAC / 5E 17 / AVRIL / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W.C. / 8 [...] / AP18 / 93 / C.X.


1.  [17 April 1893]
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  letter
Not located.

4.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).

5.  portrait
Portrait of E. G. Kennedy (2) (YMSM 404).

6.  offer
It is possible this was from David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

7.  Reed
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

8.  three
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50), Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181) and Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

9.  Lady A
Janey Sevilla Campbell (ca 1846 - d.1923), née Callander, Lady Archibald Campbell [more].

10.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

11.  Valparaiso Nocturne
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

12.  Sea piece "Trouville"
Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66).

13.  Mr Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

14.  Mr Untermeyer
Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more].

15.  Mr Ives
Halsey Cooley Ives (1847-1911), painter [more].

16.  'Apr. 17. 1893'
Written in another hand.