The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: The Victorian Exhibition illustrating fifty years of Her Majesty's Reign, 1837-1887, New Gallery, London, 1891-92
Record 3 of 4

System Number: 05702
Date: 11 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T47
Document Type: ALS

[royal coat of arms]

116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.


11 March 1892

Dear Sir,

Mrs P. Taylor[2] This lady is a great invalid & she refuses to permit to to [sic] touch her picture[3] unless you approve yourself. She sends word that if you will add a few lines to the enclosed from Richards[4] (which we got ready to persuade her) she will accede to all we require - Will you therefore say you approve at the end of Richards note [p. 2] & let us have it back here [for] certain on Monday - & very much oblige.

Cards. All being sent as directed.

Posters - In hand

Advertisements - All the preliminary Advts will appear to commence Monday - in 14 London daily, weekly & evening papers.

Carlyle[5]. This portrait is in the Victorian Exhibition Regent St which does not close until April 2 & they refuse to let us have it before. We are trying again.

Reveillon[6] - Picture advised by carriers - but not yet to hand - Will see to it

Ionides[7]. Seen him & shown him picture & he [p. 3] agrees. Fishing Smacks[8] just received - also Valparaiso[9].

Own Portrait[10]. Ionides poor man professes to be wishful not to be troubled again & says he will lend the portrait now or never!!

Catalogue Enclosed are proofs from Mr Way[11]. We cannot find the 19th Century any where - Publishers Quaritch, Smith, [Mudie?], & many old book shops[.] No one seems to have it at all

Richard[s] He has been well warned not to show any thing & again this morning.

Every thing now appears in order. Please say when you will be here. We suppose you will arrange the pictures first so that the printers [p. 4] may have the order in which the pictures will come. We shall be ready for you on Tuesday morning.

Yours faithfully

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D. C. Thomson


Reveillon[12]. Picture just arrived.

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

2.  Mrs P. Taylor
Mrs Peter Taylor, wife of the collector [more].

3.  picture
Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72).

4.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

5.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). It was at The Victorian Exhibition illustrating fifty years of Her Majesty's Reign, 1837-1887, New Gallery, London, 1891-1892.

6.  Reveillon
Julia de Kay Revillon (1855-1930), née Whistler, JW's niece [more].

7.  Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

8.  Fishing Smacks
Green and Grey: The Oyster Smacks, Evening (YMSM 99).

9.  Valparaiso
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

10.  Own Portrait
Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter (YMSM 122).

11.  Mr Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

12.  Reveillon
See above; she owned Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34).