The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 13928
Date: 30 July [1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Dieppe
Recipient: Christine Anderson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: Whistler [number to be assigned]
Document Type: ALS[3]

Mrs Anderson

Sunday - July 30.

I again cannot understand what your difficulty is, and how I fail to make clear to you what I expect!

Certainly upon receipt of my Fridays letter I should not have supposed it possible that this morning could have brought me no answer! - I thought I had been explicit enough, and that you would know that I required a full account today of what you had done about Mr Kennedy[4] etc.

In short the proper reply to my letter - Did you not get it? Has there been some further accident? for I specially requested [p. 2] you to write by Saturday's post

Kindly let me have copy of what you wrote to Mr Kennedy by return - You had better get your letter off by evening, latest post, (but don't miss it) so that if there be a call from Mr. Freer[5] you can give an account - He wishes for a couple of proofs, as I wrote to you - You had better say that you will enquire, as you are not quite clear whether there may be previous engagements. (The same in case of anything of the kind with Mr Kennedy) and then, let me know - You are not to show the little sea piece[6] from Paris - and one little work is to be shown at a time - and then put aside while the next is being looked at -

In the case of Mr Gutekunst[7] I have written to you about the percentage - And by the way you should have told me, with a view to future dealings, if he saw the pictures etc, and if he showed any signs of undertaking any of them - Remember none of them are to be lent, as they were to Mr. Bing[8], without express permission - I send back the tracings - three of them marked as I best can, The fourth I cannot find at this moment, but believe to be "Return to Tilbury[9]" £6-6-.

Yours truly

J McN.Whistler

Pavillon Madeleine
Pourville sur Mer
pres Dieppe.

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1.  30 July [1899]
Dated by JW and from the day (Sunday), context and address.

2.  Christine Anderson
Mrs Christine Anderson, manager of the 'Company of the Butterfly' [more].

3.  ALS
The paper has a mourning border.

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

5.  Freer
Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, collector and founder of the Freer Gallery of Art [more].

6.  sea piece
Possibly Blue and Silver: Trouville (YMSM 66).

7.  Gutekunst
Otto Gutekunst (b. ca 1865 - after 1939), art dealer [more].

8.  Bing
Siegfried ('Samuel') Bing (1838-1905), Paris art dealer and specialist in oriental art [more]. The reference to works being 'lent' may explain a reference to work returned in 1897 (see #13034, and #04709).

9.  Return to Tilbury
Return to Tilbury (K.327),