The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898
Record 15 of 87

System Number: 09782
Date: 10 April 1898
Author: Joseph Pennell[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy II/117
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS

[red embossed:] 14, BUCKINGHAM STREET,

10. 4. 98.

Dear O.K.

I am asked by the International Art Exhibition[3] of which Whistler is Chairman and Boldini[4] an Hon. Member, if you know when he and his pictures may be expected to arrive here, for we are counting on his [p. 2] portraits, for one of our big successes, especially the Whistler. have the[y] yet left New York, and if not when are they coming[.] we are looking forward to seeing you in May. They the pictures should be here by the end of the month.

[p. 3] J. M. N. W. has had a bad go at the influenza in Paris. I dont know if you have heard.


J. Pennell.

Mrs. Pennell[5] got your letter which was two months on the way[.] Hope you may get this ere N.Y. is destroyed.

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1.  Joseph Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

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

3.  International Art Exhibition
Exhibition of International Art, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1898, the first exhibition organised by the newly formed ISSPG. Pennell was on the Executive Council.

4.  Boldini
Giovanni Boldini (1845-1931), portrait painter and etcher [more]. G. Boldini, Portrait of Whistler (z246), was not exhibited although his drawing of Kennedy was included (cat. no. 84).

5.  Mrs. Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more]. 'J. M. N. W. ... destroyed' is written at right-angles to the main text in the left-hand margin of p. 2.