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System Number: 05754
Date: 23 July 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T99
Document Type: ALS

[Royal coat of arms]

116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET, W.


23 July 1892.

Dear Sir,

We waited before answering your last letter[2] to see if Mr Webb[3] had received your decision about the Album. He tells us however that he has not yet heard from you in reply to his letter to you. He does not tell us what he has advised so we are uncertain what to do, but presume from your note to us that you agree. If this is correct will you kindly overlook the [p. 2] prospectus & send one as you would wish it done. There is not however any hurry for in the present state of business it is impossible to launch any new project

We have received the 'Ocean[4]' & it will be sent to Mr Matterson[5] [sic] on Monday.

We must have further consultation with Mr Webb about the 'Peacock Room[6]' for it is very doubtful if the P. M. G.[7] people can help any further.

The photograph of 'La Dame au brodequin jaune[8]' has gone off to Australia, but it will be about 3 months until we have any reply [p. 3] unless they wire & that is doubtful & besides never quite satisfactory.

The price obtained for the Yacht[9] picture was very small, only 5,000 fr, but Joyant[10] does not mention the buyer. No doubt he will tell you when you call in.

We regret very much that we have not yet heard any thing from Sir W. Eden[11], Lord Windsor[12] or the Duke[13]. The season here is entirely dead & the only thing people think of is holidays. Business is absolutely at a standstill [p. 4] & with political matters so very mixed there does not seem much prospect of change in the meantime.

We are very glad to hear you have got into your studio[14], & shall be pleased to see something publicly about it. Would you let the P. M. Gazette do an article on it when you are quite ready?

Yours vy truly

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D. C. Thomson


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

2.  last letter
Not located.

3.  Mr Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more]. His letter to JW has not been located.

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

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

6.  Peacock Room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178). There had been a proposal to publish photographs of the room. See Thorp, Nigel, 'Studies in Black and White: Whistler's photographs in Glasgow University Library' in 'James McNeill Whistler: a Reexamination,' ed. Ruth E. Fine, Studies in the History of Art, vol. 19, 1987, pp. 93-94.

7.  P. M. G.
The London society paper, the Pall Mall Gazette.

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

9.  Yacht
Trouville (YMSM 70).

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

11.  Sir W. Eden
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. He was to commission a portrait, Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

12.  Lord Windsor
Robert George Windsor-Clive (1857-1923), Baron Windsor, later Earl of Plymouth [more]. JW did not receive a commission from him.

13.  Duke
George Charles Spencer-Churchill (1844-1892), 8th Duke of Marlborough [more]. JW did not in the end paint his portrait, although it was discussed.

14.  studio
86 rue Notre Dame des Champs.