The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 3rd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1893
Record 7 of 8

System Number: 07218
Date: 10 June 1893
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1206
Document Type: ALS


[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH[4] & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-

Garlants Hotel
Suffolk St.

June 10 1893

Dear Mrs. Whistler,

Your letter of yesterday[5] is at hand. The reason I wrote so hastily is, that I had a chance to go to Scotland yesterday, but after reflection and also in consideration of business &c. I decided to go to Ireland, as long as it is not convenient to go to Paris, that is, not convenient for you.

I shall go on Monday to Ireland and hope to be here again on 22nd at latest. Any time after the 24th inst., I am at your service.

I have been to the Grafton Gallery and saw the Boxall portrait[6], also the portrait in the group by Fantin-Latour[7], which I at once recognised and the Sarasate[8]. The latter is very beautiful & characteristic. I have not seen Sarasate, but feel convinced that it must be a good portrait as well as [p. 2] a fair work of art. The Academy was packed, but the Grafton Gallery had very few visitors I am sorry to say. The galleries are out of the way, which may account for the meagre attendance. As to the lighting, it is a great mistake, as the light is very confusing & I cannot understand how such a blunder could have been made.

The Academy[9] is a most curious show. I think I never saw such a stupid and apparently hopeless lot of "Anecdotal Art" together before, and yet I have seen former Exhibitions of this august Society!

It is useless commenting on this old history.

The weather here is monotonously fine.

Everything looks, and is, dried up. I have never seen anything like it anywhere. The farmers will be ruined if this state of things continues, which will add to the general gloom in business circles, as business is very quiet and complaints are general.

I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you before I return to America, and meantime am, with best regards to Mr. Whistler,

Yours Sincerely

E. G. Kennedy,

Mrs. Whistler,

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

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

G. Dieterlen, employee at H. Wunderlich and Co., New York.

Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more].

5.  letter of yesterday
Not traced.

6.  Boxall portrait
W. Boxall, Portrait of J. Whistler (z76), on view at 3rd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1893.

7.  Fantin-Latour
H. Fantin-Latour, Hommage à Eugène Delacroix (FL.227) (z100).

8.  The Academy
125th Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy, London, 1893.

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