The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900
Record 5 of 41

System Number: 07309
Date: 27 June 1899
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1297
Document Type: ALS

Garlants Hotel

27 June 1899

Well, my dear friend, here we are again at the old stand. Nothing required to complete the picture but yourself.

When are you going to drop in on us? "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick[2]".

I am going to the "Masque" to-night with Mr. & Mrs. Pennell[3], at the Guild hall.

I called on Studd[4] the other day in Chelsea. I wanted to borrow the White Girl[5] for our Grolier Club Exhibit in [p. 2] New York, of which I spoke to you. He will not decide until he sees you, or knows that you approve of the idea.

He says, tell the master that I am still loyal, & seemed quite affected.

Little Thompson[6] [sic] approached him to sell the White Girl, but he wont dispose of any of his pictures at any price.

Mrs. Pennell looks for you to pop in any evening to dinner, so drop things & come over.

With kindest regards to the ladies[7], I am, as always
Sincerely Yours

O K.

[p. 3] I have at 12.15 I called at Company of the Butterfly[8].

No one there. All locked up.


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

2.  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick
'Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.' Prov. 13.12.

3.  Mr. & Mrs. Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926) and his wife Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographers.

4.  Studd
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

5.  White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), which Studd next lent to the Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900.

6.  Thompson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

7.  ladies
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more], and Frances Philip (1824-1917), née Black, JW's mother-in-law [more].

8.  Company of the Butterfly
The Company set up by JW in Hinde Street to sell his work; it was not proving a success, partly through the inefficiency of the manager, Christine Anderson; see R. B. Philip's letter to Mrs Anderson, 23 June 1899, #07595.