The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: [Lithograph Exhibition], H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1894
Record 3 of 3

System Number: 07238
Date: 26 October 1894
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1226
Document Type: ALS


[scroll:] H. WUNDERLICH & CO.
H W & CO.
868 B'WAY N- Y-

Oct. 26 1894.

Dear Mr. Whistler,

The exhibition[2] is pretty well under way, but I am sorry that some of the local writers on Art are absent, notably Cortissoz[3] & De Kay[4], who are the two who write for the best papers. Besides the elections are in progress (until the 6th Nov.) and as there is a "hot" Campaign[5], every thing else is side tracked but political writing, or else "boiled down" in journalistic phrase.

The lithographs came to hand all right - (yellow house[6] &c.) but no bill. Kindly send a bill at same time always, as it facilitates mat-[p. 2]-ters. These prints must be idle until a bill Comes to hand. As to me making money on the lithographs on hand, owing to the advance in price, I shall not take advantage of it, as I shall dispose of what I have at the old rates until the supply is exhausted.

The lithographs took[7] fairly well on the wall, as they are too delicate for wall decoration. I wish you would take the etchings of the Paris set in hand which I laid out. It is time for some new fine etchings. I have given up writing about the painting exhibition &c. so shall say no more. I notice that the men whom I cultivated up to Whistler, have bought his pictures & "wreckage" abroad - Pope[8] & another - but neglect his masterpieces at home. 'Twas ever thus! I have been exceedingly busy or I would write more[9]. I do not admire the litho "La parasseuse[10]", which is Mrs. Whistler[11]. It is not pleasant to see her thus.

In great haste, I am with best regards
Yours Sincerely

E. G. Kennedy.

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

2.  exhibition
A small show of JW's lithographs at Wunderlich's.

3.  Cortissoz
Royal Cortissoz (1869-1948), author, art editor of the New York Herald Tribune [more].

4.  De Kay
Charles DeKay (1848-1935), writer, art and literary critic [more].

5.  "hot" Campaign
The election for Governor, legislature and Mayor of New York, and the approaching congressional elections took place during a period of financial crisis. President Cleveland's Democratic party was split between the pro-silver and pro-gold advocates. Furthermore, an import tariff bill was passed by Congress against President Cleveland's wishes.

6.  yellow house
Yellow House, Lannion (C.67).

7.  took
Although Kennedy appears to have written 'took', he may have intended the word to read 'look'. Either way, his meaning is not clear.

8.  Pope
Alfred Atmore Pope (1842-1913), manufacturer and collector [more], who had bought The Selsey Shore (YMSM 200), which JW said was unfinished and should have been destroyed.

9.  write more
'write ... Kennedy' is written at the top of p. 1.

10.  La parasseuse
La Belle Dame paresseuse (C.98).

11.  Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].