Document associated with: Loan Collection of Pictures, Corporation of London Art Gallery, Guildhall, London, 1894
Record 1 of 1
System Number: 07234
Date: [May/June 1894]
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1222
Document Type: ALS
E. G. KENNEDY
[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-
Dear Mr. Whistler
Supplementary to my p. c. I send you from the Pall Mall Gazette the list of "Gentlemen & Scholars" who have been elevated to titles or ribbons or garters or some such thing.
Whistler will be no Greater if he secures the iron cross or any other decoration. Indeed make him the Duke of anything, & he would most likely make a poor duke & fall off in his painting! You can make lots of dukes, but as to making painters - hum! But this is an old story & I set out merely to express my admiration for your [p. 2] masterly portrait of Miss Alexander. I take off my hat Sir, & salute you. It is a great piece of painting & most lovely in Colour and arrangement. Don't explode now, and say "They are all like that". They're not. All Whistler's are fine or interesting, but some are better than others & this is one of them. I look in vain around the walls of the Guild-hall for such a piece of painting. There, what do you think of that?
To what end then, to bother with crosses and ribbons? Roland Knoedler is a Knight of the Legion of honour or some such thing - a mere money-maker! Why should a man of genius bother with millinery of this kind which is of no use to him?
Now there is a picture I would like to have, that of Miss Alexander.
I presume you have seen Thompson by this time, who told me he was going to see you.
I have not seen any of the exhibitions yet, but will come over to France fully charged with information (?) concerning them.
I trust that the ladies are in good health, & that this Sunday afternoon is conducive to comfort in the garden. Cold and showery here.
Your friends the cabmen are yet [p. 4] on strike & consuming as much beer as they can.
Excuse this scraggly letter, but I could not rest until I expressed to you my admiration of the portrait.
With best regards, believe me
E. G. Kennedy.
1. [May/June 1894]
Dated from the reference to an exhibition.
3. G. DIETERLEN
G. Dieterlen, employee at H. Wunderlich and Co., New York.
4. p. c.
That is, a post card.
6. Roland Knoedler
Roland F. Knoedler, art dealer. JW himself had been made an Officier de la Légion d'Honneur in January 1892.
7. [p. 3]
The printed address header is repeated at the top of p. 3 as on p. 1.