Documents associated with: 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1889
Record 11 of 32
System Number: 01447
Date: 24 September 1888
Author: Mary Bacon Ford
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler F379
Document Type: ALS
So it's Wunderlich!
I had no idea that you were etching for him in France: how should I?
We gathered from what you said when we spoke of him that the Exhibition was to be of things you had already done - that he had already seen - and that beyond shipping them off you had little to do with the matter: a minor affair -
Then again we understood you at another time to say that you had no thought of going away anywhere: and so how should we have known?
When will your work for him be completed? (first -)
When do you think you will be quite at liberty to sail? (second -)
(p. 2) Does your contract with him include and provide for your going to America? (third)
We have neither seen nor heard from Mr Lewis since last writing -
Our syndicate want us to get our contract signed: then they wouldn't bother us perhaps & then we wouldn't bother you:
Please let me hear from you at once in regard to [the] three above questions: & I will immediately write you again:
With kind regards from both of us to Mrs Whistler -
Faithfully Yours -
Mary: Bacon: Ford:
29 Berners St -
Oxford St. W.
Sept - 24 - '88:
J: McN: Whistler:
14 Rue de la Scellerie:
Indre et Loire
[stamp:] POSTAGE & REVENUE / 2½
[postmark:] LONDON W. / X / SP24 / 88 / 2
[postmark:] CALAIS À [illegible] / 25 / SEPT / 88
[postmark on verso):] TOURS / INDRE-ET-LOIRE / 6E 25 / SEPT / 88
[postmark on verso:] PARIS À BORDEAUX-RAPIDE / 25 / SEPT / 88
Hermann Wunderlich (ca 1839 - d.1892), print dealer [more]. JW was planning an exhibition at Wunderlich's gallery in New York (see JW to M. B. Ford, #01446). It eventually opened in the spring of 1889 ('Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1889).
The contract concerned the Ford's proposal that JW undertake a series of etchings to be entitled 'Whistler's American Etchings' and a lecture tour in America. However, as JW soon found out, it handed over control over his affairs to the Fords and a syndicate of New York investors (see M. B. Ford to JW, #01448, letter dated 27 September 1888). See also JW's correspondence with the Fords during this period (see #01449; #01451; #01443; #01449).