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System Number: 07335
Date: 15 November 1901
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1323
Document Type: ALS


Nov. 15th 1901

REFORM CLUB,
233 FIFTH AVENUE.

Well, here we are again! my dear friend, free from the pains and aches attendant on rheumatism, gout &c. thanks Goodness.

How are you & where are you now? We hear such depressing stories of the fog in London & bad weather that I imagine you as "hanging in the Sun" in some more remote clime than that of "the island".

There is nothing new here particularly, other than what you may read in those model (p. 2) imitators of Ananias[2], the daily journals. Weir[3] has returned, but is yet in his Country home. We have had a wonderful two months or more of Autumn; clear and brilliant, with sometimes occasional haze for variety. In the northern part of the state, snow is two feet deep! "The season" opens next week sure enough with the Horse Show, which function has now become a sort of formal commencement of the fashionable season in town.

Puck[4] has an amusing cartoon "Going to the Horse Show", - every one being in an automobile.

[p. 3] A two column notice of you recently appeared in the Sun[5]. I am waiting for a copy of the paper; when it comes I shall send it to you. I think that sometimes the writer does not know what he means himself, however it it is very appreciative. "His accounts may not have been correct" said the politician of a man for whom he wanted an office, "but his heart beat warmly for his native land".

I notice that Sheridan Ford[6] is again on deck with a book, so some one told me, "The Art of Folly" in which he [p. 4] pays attention to you, amongst others.

How about the full length[7] you were to look up for me? I have not shown the one I got a year ago & would like to have another to go with it. Then the portrait of "Whistler when a boy"[8] by Boxall[9] in the centre.

Are there no small canvasses ready? You were to have one for me "soon" when I left England.

If you have time, (& you must, if still on the foggy island) I should like [p. 5][10] to have a line from you. As to Richeton[11], I find that he knows no more about the French goings on, or that of Reid[12] than I do.

Pennington[13] tells me a queer story about the French having turned the American painters, including Whistler[14], out of the Luxembourg gallery, so that they may not enter the Louvre.

How about this?

It seems very odd, and if [p. 6] true - narrow-minded.

Trusting that you are quite well, I am with best regards
Sincerely yours

O'K.

Remember me to Mrs. Pennell[15] if you see her.


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Notes:

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

2.  Ananias
New Testament character who was struck down dead after deceiving the apostle Peter; see Acts 5.1-11.

3.  Weir
Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), painter and etcher [more].

4.  Puck
An American comic journal.

5.  Sun
New York newspaper.

6.  Sheridan Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

7.  full length
Not identified; he had bought Mother of Pearl and Silver: The Andalusian (YMSM 378).

8.  Whistler when a boy
The portrait of JW remained in his estate and is in the Hunterian Art Gallery.

9.  Boxall
William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more].

10.  [p. 5]
The printed letterhead is repeated at the top of page five (as on page one).

11.  Richeton
Léon Richeton (1854-1934), artist and sculptor [more].

12.  Reid
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more]. He was suspected of receiving pictures stolen from JW's studio.

13.  Pennington
Frederick Pennington (1819-1914), JP, MP for Stockport [more].

14.  Whistler
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101) was in the Musée du Luxembourg, later hung in the Louvre, and is now in the Musée d'Orsay.

15.  Mrs. Pennell
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (1855-1936), née Robins, JW's biographer [more].