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System Number: 07302
Date: 22 November 1898
Author: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[1]
Place: New York
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W1290
Document Type: ALS

Nov. 22nd 1898.

[embossed laurels with theatre masks emblem]


My dear friend,

Here we are again, as the Clown exclaims in the pantomime.

I heard from Mrs. Pennell[2] some time ago, and that is the only word I've had from anything appertaining to the Whistlerian world since I left London. Should you drift over to London about Thanksgiving or Christmas time, no doubt Mrs. Pennell will give you some mince pie from Mrs. Talman[3], which is guaranteed to produce twenty five kinds of horrible dreams in one night.

[p. 2] I had my Thanksgiving dinner with some friends, lots of Good Cheer, wines of all sorts &c. but not the old-fashioned Thanksgiving, where nothing precedes the turkey, which with sweet 'taters, cranberry sauce and hard cider, is fit for even Whistler!

You[r] portrait by Boxall[4] is over here now, and I am going to exhibit it when we repeal the law putting a duty upon works of American artists who have resided abroad more than five years. Why dont you bring everything with you & pay us a Christmas visit? You would be heartily welcomed by everyone.

Miss Tuckerman[5] came [p. 3] in and said that you were kind enough to speak of me[.] She is going to bring in the pastel[6] you made of her & let me see it (so she says).

I presume that you got the Cards, Catalogues &c. which I sent you about the exhibition of etchings.

George W. Vanderbilt[7], of whom I have seen nothing since his return to America, is still in N. C. at Biltmore. When are you going down there?

I got a business letter from him the other day, but I suppose he is enjoying himself with his new wife[8]. Besides, he has let his house in town to his sister, Mrs. Sloane[9] [p. 4] while she is building a new one of her own.

Business, I think, has improved & I have made some good sales. I sold the Seymour Haden[10] Collection of etchings by Whistler, and many more important things

Are you still in rue du Bac? Are all well?

How are you? If you don't drop me a line, you shall never more hear from,

Yours Sincerely


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1.  Edward Guthrie Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more]. JW called him O'K.

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

3.  Mrs. Talman
Mrs Talman, friend of E. G. Kennedy.

4.  Boxall
William Boxall (1800-1879), portrait painter, Director of the National Gallery [more]. His portrait of JW is in the Hunterian Art Gallery.

5.  Miss Tuckerman
Emily Tuckerman (d. 1925), collector [more].

6.  pastel
Portrait of Miss Emily Tuckerman (M.1546).

7.  George W. Vanderbilt
George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), collector [more].

8.  new wife
Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1873-1958), née Dresser, wife of G. W. Vanderbilt [more]. The Vanderbilts were married on 2 June 1898.

9.  Mrs. Sloane
Emily Sloane (1852-1946), née Vanderbilt.

10.  Seymour Haden
Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), surgeon and etcher, JW's brother-in-law [more]. Haden owned many of JW's etchings: in 1858, JW dedicated Twelve Etchings from Nature, 1858 (the 'French Set', K.9-11, 13-17, 19, 21, 22, 24). (excat 3) to him.