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Documents associated with: Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894
Record 19 of 19

System Number: 08314
Date: [21 September 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Dear Mr. Thomson -

My "caution", was only a bit of my mischief - It amused me to continue your mystery until you saw Mr Pope[4] and he should tell you as I begged him to do that he had bought the "Violet & Blue" sea piece that had been exhibited at the Grafton Gallery[5] -

I am delighted that thanks to you, [p. 2] they all saw the Peacock room[6], and the Alexander pictures[7] they were so anxious to see -

Yes - they told me that on their next visit to Europe they fully intend to be painted -

We shall then expect to see you on your way back to England - and I hope you will have a "good time" on your trip -

You shall tell us all about it - The Studio[8] has brought out their lithograph -

Had you not better see the Ways[9] about yours before leaving? - And what about the Virtues[10] and their cheque?-

Very sincerely

[butterfly signature]

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D. C. Thomson -
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] PARIS. 80 / R. DU BAC / 5E 21 / SEPT / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / X 10 / SP 22 / 94



1.  21 September 1894
Dated by the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
'64B' is written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left, '115' in pencil at bottom right of p.1, also on the envelope.

4.  Mr Pope
Alfred Atmore Pope (1842-1913), manufacturer and collector [more].

5.  Grafton Gallery
Dark Blue and Silver (YMSM 412) had been shown at the exhibition Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894.

6.  Peacock room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

7.  Alexander pictures
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more] who owned Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea (YMSM 103), Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129) and Portrait of Miss Grace Alexander (YMSM 130).

8.  Studio
Gants de suède (C.35) was published in The Studio, vol. 1, no. 3, 16 April 1894.

9.  the Ways
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more], and his son, Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), printer, lithographer and painter [more]. D. C. Thomson had originally suggested using Vitré: The Canal (C.63), then Conversation under the Statue, Luxembourg Gardens (C.69), and eventually they agreed on Nursemaids: 'Les Bonnes du Luxembourg' (C.81), which was printed in an edition of about 3000 and published in The Art Journal, vol. 46, no. 120, December 1894.

10.  the Virtues