The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900
Record 24 of 41

System Number: 07327
Date: 18 September 1900
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1315
Document Type: ALS




[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
220 5TH AVE. N- Y-

Sep. 18th 1900

Dear Mr. Whistler,

I wish to tell you that I have ordered Gauchard[3] of rue Blanche to box the painting at the termination of the exhibition in Paris[4], and send it to Lauser[5] in London for re-shipment to America. I have also sent the (your) order of delivery to Cauldwell[6]. Now if you will kindly give Roth[7] of Lauser's the Consul's Certificate, he can ship the painting as soon as he receives it. I have heard nothing from you in regard to prices of the [p. 2][8] etchings sent to me.

Business, so far, is dead.

The heat has been very trying for the last two months or more, so that people have not come to town, even to pass through it. Your "friend" Paul Leicester Ford[9] went off to-day on his wedding tour! What do you think of that?

I have no idea of your whereabouts, but send this to Garlants[10], who will forward it to you where-ever you may be.

Trusting that you are well, I am, as ever,
Sincerely Yours,

O'K -

[p. 3][11] 'Dr Mr Webb[12] -

I enclose cheque £16 - for insurance, as you have so nicely [...]

[p. 4] Will you kindly have mar look out for me the dates and amounts of cheques, together with the paid to Grimaldi[13] - through July to the present -

Please let me with each amount put the number of cheque as well as its date -

If you can give this to Miss Birnie-Philip[14] you will greatly oblige


[pencil sketch on left[15]]

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

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

3.  Gauchard
Packers and shipping agents.

4.  exhibition in Paris
At Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900, JW exhibited Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), Brown and Gold (YMSM 440) and Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378) and was awarded a gold medal for his paintings and another for his etchings.

5.  Lauser
Gustave Lauser (b. ca 1841), London print-seller [more].

6.  Cauldwell
John Britton Cauldwell (1855-1932), Director-in-chief of the U. S. Department of Fine Arts at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900 [more]. See his letter to JW, 12 October [1900], #04420.

7.  Roth
A. Roth, probably a print dealer.

8.  [p. 2]
The printed letterhead is repeated at the top of this page (as on p. 1).

9.  Paul Leicester Ford
Paul Leicester Ford (1865-1902), historian and novelist [more].

10.  Garlants
JW had indeed been staying at Garlant's Hotel in Suffolk Street (see #07718).

11.  [p. 3]
All of the text on pp. 3-4 is written by JW.

12.  Mr Webb
George Webb (b. ca 1835), of G. and W. Webb. lawyer [more]; or William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

13.  Grimaldi
Grimaldi, manager of the Company of the Butterfly in 1900 [more].

14.  Miss Birnie-Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

15.  pencil sketch on left
Handle, gourd or bobbin (M.1632).