The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1892
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System Number: 05722
Date: 13 April 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T67
Document Type: ALS

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116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET, W.


13 April 1892.

Dear Sir,

We have sent the three pictures 'Lady Meux[2],' 'The Fur Jacket[3],' & 'Venice[4]' to Rue Chaptal this day with directions to send them at once to the Salon Champ de Mars & advise you forthwith. M. Joyant[5] at the Boulevard will tell you [of] the arrival also.

You did not happen to [p. 2] mention you had Lady Meux's[6] consent otherwise we should not have troubled her 'ladyship'. Mr Mattersons[7] Sea piece will be ready on Tuesday or Wednesday & if you find this is not too late it will go off at once the moment Richards[8] can get it done.

Munich[9]. After much trouble we have found that for 1892 there are not any official agents in London for this exhibition. Each artist this year must pay his own expenses. Under these conditions do you think it is necessary to send. The cost for the ten pictures you require would be about £45 carriage & insurance [p. 3] Why not as one artist did last year (Lavery[10]) send them later after you have found out exactly & decidedly that the Govt will pay. There is no Bavarian Minister in London & the German Minister to whom amongst others we sent to today does not know any thing officially about it. From your letter we gather that you have had some direct communication in Paris with the Bavarian Govt. We leave this in your hands knowing that it can stand for a few days, until after the holidays, without hurt.

Catalogues. The 'collectors' are simply wild they cannot obtain copies of the Catalogue. We think this is the best thing that could [p. 4] happen to keep up the rarity & preciousness of the whole scheme. If however you think it better to have the 250 we can order them & doubtless sell them. The profit would mean about £7 to you, that is all.

Paris. Mr L. Huth[11] whom we have seen declines to send to Paris. It is to be feared the request would have [no] more effect from you. He says he will not pay the cleaning frame or the varnishing pictures. However he may come round.

Portraits. The Duke[12] telephoned yesterday asking an appointment for after Easter & no doubt the matter can be arranged in due time.

Yours very truly

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D C Thomson


J McN. Whistler Eq

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

2.  Lady Meux
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229), was lent to the 2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.

3.  The Fur Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

4.  Venice
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - St Mark's, Venice (YMSM 213).

5.  M. Joyant
Maurice Joyant (1864-1930), art dealer, manager of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more].

6.  Lady Meux's
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more].

7.  Mr Mattersons
William Taylor Malleson (b. ca 1830), wine merchant and collector [more]. The 'Sea piece' was Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72).

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

9.  Munich
6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892.

10.  Lavery
John Lavery (1856-1941), painter [more].

11.  Mr L. Huth
Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more].

12.  Duke
George Charles Spencer-Churchill (1844-1892), 8th Duke of Marlborough [more]. A portrait was planned but came to nothing with the death of the Duke in November 1892.