Documents associated with: World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893
Record 10 of 113
System Number: 09692
Date: 10 July 
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy I/27
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS
33. Rue de Tournon. Paris.
Sunday - July 10. '1892'
Dear Mr. Kennedy -
You have been most kind and delightful, in the midst of all your hurry & occupation, to take this trouble about me with the Chicago Officials - It will I am sure be all to the good - for really we are most anxious to have a good show over there is we have any - and it would be too foolish to miss it - In the way of etchings, of course we can be simply perfect - Mr Mansfield has promised to give us every help - and by that time I trust we may have grand proofs of these new Paris ones - and others -
Of the oil paintings more when the time comes -
Meanwhile I shall write to Capt. McCormick as you suggest - [p. 2] I am afraid there may be some truth in the story of the unanswered invitation to dinner! - but I "disremember"! -
Your letter about the interview with the Director of the Fine Arts Society, and Mr Browne [sic] of Surbiton, Virginia Water etc - was a great joy to us! - Right you are! - cold as a fish is Huish - and an ungrateful lot -
He sent me a letter however of official thanks, and by the same post, a bill from the Society for one pound odd !!!!! for some past account! Quaint - wasn't it? - So full of tact and graceful - But you see these Britons have no sense of humour - unless it's bad perhaps - who knows? -
They might surely have left their little bills for some other moment, don't you think? - but they couldn't possibly do a pretty thing without spoiling it - It is their fate to be ridiculous - and this attempt to be gracious, on the part of Mr. Huish & Mr. Browne of the Fine Arts Society was ruined at the outset - which must have greatly distressed Mr Browne of Dulwich, Surbiton & Virginia Water!! -
As to the ready lying I am glad you saw that - I believe Mr. Browne of Bond Street, expert salesman etc. will bring the pale hairs of Mr. Browne of Virginia Water and Surbiton with sorrow to the grave - and on his tombstone he shall put "Here rests Ernest Browne of Dulwich Surbiton and the outskirts of Virginia Water - Browne of the Fine Arts lies in Bond Street still" -
If you can find time for a line I should wish to know how the proofs turn out after the Custom House outrage - Also what did Huish say about the new prices of these last states? Did he see that they should be equivalent to say the least - though I think even more than, my own later etchings? I mean that of course it would never do to ask less than 15 gs for a "Doorway" or "The Beggars" - or the "Traghetto" - Some of the finer proofs ought to be 18 or by and bye 20 gs -
All right about Richards - We will ship the pictures off from here, without glass, and if there be any further details in the way of care to be taken, or any wish of yours, let us know. Of course I will see to the American Consul freeing them of duty etc. -
And now we wish you a prosperous and a jolly crossing - and every possible luck - Also we exhort you to remember that you have become in a way a great Whistlerian Head Centre ! and to disport yourself with the sweet tongued gentleness and humility that are the characteristics of the great "outsider" whose colors you carry! -
[p. 3] We shall further drink your best health and safe return! - that you may see the studio in its glory and take your place in the garden again - which you have in its glory and take your place in the garden again - which you have inaugurated -
Bon Voyage! - from both of us
J McN Whistler
Envelope:RESTAURANT & HOTEL FOYOT
RUE DE TOURNON, 33
E. G. Kennedy. Esq.
care of Messrs Lauser -
Print Sellers etc.
25. Garrick Street
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[postmark:] PARIS / GARE DU NORD / [...] 10 / JUIL / 92
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. W. C. / C. X. / 8 A / JY 11 / 92
1. 10 July 
Dated from the postmark. The year '1892' was added at the top of p. 1 in an unknown hand.
2. Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. He had written to JW on 9 July 1892, #07197. The firm's logo is printed at the top of p. 1 and p. 3.
Written in purple ink on squared paper. The envelope is green.
For World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.
6. Mr Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more]. he owned a lot of pastels and drawings (M.335, 355, 363, 373, 379, 425-26, 447, 476, 530, 536-37, 695, 747) plus the recently acquired The Japanese Dress (M.1227).
Col. Frank J. Hecker (1846-1927), partner of C. L. Freer, Michigan and Peninsular Car Company [more]. It is not known what pastel he owned, but he had one watercolour, Grey and Silver - Liverpool (M.913).