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System Number: 09811
Date: [27 February 1901][1]
Author: JW
Place: Ajaccio
Recipient: Edward Guthrie Kennedy[2]
Place: [New York]
Repository: New York Public Library
Call Number: E. G. Kennedy III/145
Credit Line: Edward Guthrie Kennedy Papers / Manuscripts and Archives Division / The New York Public Library / Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
Document Type: ALS[3]

Ajaccio -

Feb. 1901

O K! -

How are you? - And the best wishes of the Century to you! - and dont be too much shocked and startled at hearing from me at all!!

Of course you will be thinking that I am just writing for the wicked joy of delighting in the way in which the beautiful Boers[4] of this world have been beating and tormenting the Britishers ever since you left us! - But no - - [p. 2] We must leave the ecstasy of such interchange to another moment! -

This line, for it is scarcely more, is to say that the lithographs have been given to Lauser[5] to send over to you, with their prices - We are getting very nearly out of proofs now - and I don't know when others will be printed! -

The "Winged Hat", and "The Nude Model reading"[6], are I understand the last proofs - These following prices were omitted:

Charing X. Railway bridge - £3-3. Little London £4-4. Terrace Luxembourg £3-3. La Rue Furstenbourg, £4-4. La Jolie New Yorkaise[7] £4-4.

I have neglected sending you the prices of the etchings you took away with you - must look them up on my return to London - You will be surprised at this present address - But its all right OK!, "Napoléon & I" you know! Well I [have] been [pottering?] about the Mediterranean for the last two or three months trying to "rest" and get rid of the influenza's last traces - but it has been [an] awfully tiresome business! - [illegible]

But now OK. I want your help - I must have a small exhibition in Paris - if I can manage it of my etchings & lithographs - this Spring - and I have barely more than time - Freer[8] I have written to and indeed he will lend me and has promised to do so - But you must be ready to help if I need - I wish you could have arranged it all for me - but you are all at loggerheads! -

However see Mansfield[9] - and I want his pastels too. - and Mrs. Jack Gardner's[10] - and you had better write at once to tell me what pastels you know of in America, or water colour figures - Of those you had at the Wunderlich exhibition[11]. They must be on your books & you can borrow them for me meantime -         Tell Mr Mansfield I will write to him - but he knows what I want him to lend - the nude & draped pastels -

This must go now OK! with my blessing!

[butterfly signature]

What did you say to Mr Chase[12] about [p. 3] his unseemly conduct? - These lectures I mean - I hear he has been at it again -

OK I mean you to answer me about this -

"The Churchyard[13]" lithograph: £2-2. still - four guineas was mistake

I enclose[14] letter for Mrs Gardner. Please put her address & forward.

I am asking her to send you the pastels & panel she has, to be forwarded to me 110. Rue du Bac -

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[postmark:] NEW YORK [...]

[stamp of Hotel Schweizerhof of envelope flap]


1.  [27 February 1901]
Dated from a postmark; see E. G. Kennedy's reply, 15 March 1901, #07329.

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

3.  ALS
The paper has a mourning border.

4.  Boers
JW, in supporting the Boers against the British during the Boer War, intended to be provocative.

5.  Lauser
Gustave Lauser (b. ca 1841), London print-seller [more].

6.  "Winged Hat", and "The Nude Model reading"
The Winged Hat (C.34); and either The Novel: Girl Reading (C.32) or The Little Nude Model, Reading (C.33).

7.  La Jolie New Yorkaise
The lithographs listed here are: Charing Cross Railway Bridge (C.157); Little London (C.158); The Terrace, Luxembourg (C.87); Rue Furstenburg (C.97); and La Jolie New Yorkaise (C.99).

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

9.  Mansfield
Howard Mansfield (1849-1938), New York lawyer, print collector [more]. His collection included Blue and Silver: Forget-me-not (M.1090), The Japanese Dress (M.1227), Nude figure standing (M.1522).

10.  Mrs. Jack Gardner'
Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924), née Stewart, collector [more]. She owned The Violet Note (M.1081) and Blue and Violet. Lapis Lazuli (M.1070) but did not send them to Paris.

11.  Wunderlich exhibition
'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', H. Wunderlich and Co., New York, 1889.

12.  Mr Chase
William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), painter [more].

13.  Churchyard
Churchyard (C.21).

14.  I enclose
'I enclose ... Bac -' is written in the left margin, at right angles to the main text. The lettre to Mrs Gardner is #09115.