Documents associated with: mezzotint
Record 13 of 18
System Number: 09774
Date: [28 October 1897]
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Place: New York
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/109
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
'answered Nov 5 / 97'
My dear O K -
Here is the receipt and acknowledgement of the cheque you so kindly sent me some time ago - I have been frightfully hard at work - and in the midst of it comes this trial again of Sir William Eden - It is announced for the 9th next month - so that I may perhaps run over to London [p. 2] in the mean while -
Are you still desirous to hold the little London waif - The London sparrow - you remember saying that you would like to have it - and I told you I should want £500. for it? - Let me know -
The Syndicate of which you have doubtless seen some notice in the papers - and which is definitely to be called The "Company of the Butterfly" in noway [sic] interferes with any previous arrangements between you & me - nor indeed if it comes to that with any future ones we may please to entertain -
I was glad to hear of your pleasant voyage accross [sic] the Atlantic - though mind you you made it known to me in a very shocking letter, concerning the distinctions conferred upon me in France - !
Of this one of these days - when we meet again - meanwhile "no mortal eye!!. - !
It was very nice of you to send me the exceedingly pretty little book which you reproduced in such perfect taste -
I find every body delighted with it -
[p. 3] Write us a letter soon -
And with kindest regards to your brother and yourself
believe me my dear O K
Always Sincerely Yours
J McNeill Whistler
I sent you the other day, through Lauser, a mezzotint engraving by Geo. McCulloch - from one of his own pictures - I think it full of grace & refined charm - You surely could do business with it, and I believe could get the plate which is quite fresh, together with another (of which more directly) for £200. at the most -
'Oct. 28, 1897'
E. G. Kennedy. Esq.
Messrs Wunderlich & Co
New York -
U. S. A. -
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2 1/2d
[postmark:] PARIS / R. DU BAC / 5E [28?] / OCT / 97
[postmark on verso:] NEW YORK N.Y. / NOV 4 / [illegible]
1. [28 October 1897]
Probable date of postmark.
The stationery has a mourning border. Letter and envelope are endorsed in Kennedy's hand.
4. Sir William Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. JW is referring to his long-running dispute with Eden over the completion of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408), a portrait of Eden's wife. See Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24] for JW's account of the affair.
5. The London sparrow
The Little London Sparrow (YMSM 477), a portrait of Elizabeth ('Lizzie') Willis, daughter of JW's housekeeper [more]. In about June 1898, Kennedy mentioned a price of £450 for the painting but offered to share any profit over £600 (E. G. Kennedy to JW, #07300).
6. 'Company of the Butterfly'
JW formed the company in April 1897 in order to sell his works direct to the public. He leased premises at 2 Hinde Street, Manchester Square, and employed Mrs Christine Anderson as manager. However, it was not a success and ran only until 1901.
Possibly 'Reading a Poem', a play by William Makepeace Thackeray. Kennedy appears to have had an edition privately printed (the play was originally published serially in 1841). See Reading a Poem, New York, De Vinne Press, 1897. See also C. Whibley to E. G. Kennedy, #09775.