The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1892
Record 15 of 37

System Number: 08332
Date: [19 July 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 -

Have you no further details to give me? -

I wish you would write also any news you may have a propos of portraits? - You know we like your letters -


Americans must be all over the place! but I can't help in the discovery of Mr. Waggamann[5]!

I wanted to send the "Ocean[6]" on to Münich[7] - but I hear that Mr. Matherson[8] - I don't remember well his name - wants it back - so he had better have it - as I want him to lend it next year for Chicago[9] - & I have written to Joyant[10] to send it back to you - I must send you, for your enjoyment, copy of [p. 2] my correspondence with Mr Beck[11]!!! Secretary - I think you deserve it - though you are so reticent yourself! -

Also ask Mr Huish[12] to show you copy of an open letter I wrote to the P. O. authorities[13]! I think you will be pleased! -

Now is it all settled with Mr. Webb[14] about the Album? - And what further about the Peacock room[15]? - I am longing to see the new proofs -

Don't forget to tell me who Joyant[16] sold the yacht picture[17] to - and the price & the rest of it -

Are you coming over again? The studio[18] now is in a lovely condition -

Very faithfully Yrs

J. McN Whistler

I am going to tackle the people who have refused to pay for cleaning. etc - and am glad to have Mr. Leathart's[19] letters - Send me any all correspondence of the kind with any of them -

Also all the frames that these people have refused had better be sent through your house to me -

By the way did you send photographs of "La Dame au Brodequin Jaune[20]"? and have you had any answer?

[p. 3, date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
20 JUL. 92

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1.  [19 July 1892]
Dated by date stamp on receipt.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He had written to JW on 12 July 1892, #05753.

3.  ALS
'39B' was added in an unknown hand in red ink at the top and '43' in pencil at the foot of p. 1.

4.  Private
Double underlined.

5.  Mr. Waggamann
Thomas Ennals Waggamann (1839-1906), collector [more].

6.  Ocean
Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72), which had been on show at 2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.

7.  Münich
6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892.

8.  Mr. Matherson
William Taylor Malleson (b. ca 1830), wine merchant and collector [more].

9.  Chicago
World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

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

11.  Mr Beck
John W. Beck (fl. 1861-1895), landscape painter [more]; see JW's letter to Beck, refusing to participate in the British section of the Chicago exhibition (#02705).

12.  Mr Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

13.  P. O. authorities
A parcel of Venice etchings had been probed and damaged by the Post Office or Customs while in transit from Paris to London.

14.  Mr. Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more]. The album was to include photographs of paintings that had been exhibited in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

15.  Peacock room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178) was reproduced in the Pall Mall Budget, 16 June 1892, pp. 864-65.

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

17.  yacht picture
Trouville (YMSM 70) was acquired about this time by Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more].

18.  studio
JW's studio at 86 rue Notre Dame des Champs.

19.  Mr. Leathart's
James Leathart (1820-1895), collector [more]; he had written to Thomson on 4 and 6 July 1892, #02503, #02502.

20.  Dame au Brodequin Jaune
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).