The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1892
Record 9 of 37

System Number: 08348
Date: [22 April 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS[3]

33. Rue de Tournon - Paris -

Dear Sir -

I am sending you very fine proofs of the lithographs[4] you ask for -

Chapman[5] - You are quite right - the Goupils cannot of course be made responsible for the pictures after they have left their hands - But as I understand it the Bavarian Government through their representative will communicate with the owners or with you and will send for the pictures and become responsible - The two for Paris have I trust, by this, have arrived and gone straight on to the Champs de Mars[6] -

Potter[7]. Have you heard from him or of him? and do you know if he got the letter I forwarded through you? - Of course it is now too late to ask for anything more for Paris - That matter [p. 2] is concluded with the Peter Taylor[8] sea piece which I hope has been safely got off from Mr Richards[9] - But if he would lend anything for Münich, it would still be worth while - .

Catalogues - I have not myself a single copy of the Fifth Edition! Has Way[10] none left? - I should like to have half a dozen - but agree with you that no further edition should be in circulation - as Mr. Heinemann[11] will publish a new edition of the Gentle Art[12] with the Catalogue added -

Album - How is the lookout now? Subscribers - are there any? - Are you coming over here yourself? - I thought I understood so -

Yours truly

J. McN. Whistler

[date stamp:] GOUPIL AND COMPANY
23 APR. 92

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1.  [22 April 1892]
Dated from Goupil's stamp. The envelope for this letter is likely to be #13554, which is postmarked 22 April 1892.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He replied on 23 April 1892, #05730.

3.  ALS
'26B' was written in red ink in an unknown hand at the top of p. 1.

4.  lithographs
See Thomson's letter of 21 April, #05726.

5.  Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more]. JW wanted his pictures for 6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892.

6.  Champs de Mars
2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.

7.  Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

8.  Peter Taylor
Peter Alfred Taylor (1819-1891), Radical MP, partner in Samuel Courtauld and Co., silk merchants, and collector [more]. The picture was Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72).

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

10.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. He had printed five editions of JW's catalogue for Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

11.  Mr. Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

12.  Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892.