The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 7th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1897
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System Number: 09767
Date: [21 May 1897][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: Paris
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/101
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac -

You are a discontented man indeed O K! if you can complain of this perfect weather in this most lovely city! -

Come down then tomorrow at six - for perhaps I may even try to work a little in the afternoon - However six then - and [p. 2] then we will come back and dine - and I will think manage this time to stay up -

The next morning I will breakfast with you at the Salon - and the Champs de Mars if you so think well -

As to London I must go back there soon - though I hate the place -

The "Drouet"[4] I believe to be destroyed though at this moment cannot absolutely remember -

As to "Whistlers" - well they have not gone down - but they are getting scarce - and this long illness[5] or convalescence has interrupted -

"However" - we shall see - Since I saw you the other day several things have gone - and "the Philosopher" - the little Holloway[6] is carried off to London - to be placed -

A demain -

[butterfly signature]

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E. G. Kennedy. Esq.
Hotel Terminus.
Gare St. Lazare
[postmark:] [PARIS] / R. DU BAC / [21] / [MAI] / 97
[postmark on verso:] PARIS / [illegible] / 11E 22 / MAI / 97


1.  [21 May 1897]
Dated from the postmark. The date has also been noted in another hand at the top of the envelope.

2.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. JW called him O'K.

3.  ALS
Written on narrow bordered mourning stationery.

4.  Drouet
The sitter was Charles L. Drouet (1836-1908), sculptor and collector [more]. The portrait was Drouet (K.55). See Kennedy's note, #09769.

5.  illness
JW had recently been suffering from influenza.

6.  'the Philosopher' - the little Holloway
Rose and Brown: The Philosopher (YMSM 472), a portrait of Charles Edward Holloway (1838-1897), watercolour painter [more]. The picture was to be shown at the 7th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1897 (cat. no. 11).