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System Number: 05758
Date: 17 November 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T103
Document Type: ALS

[oval cameo with head of Minerva:] THE ART JOURNAL


Nov. 17th 1892

Dear Mrs Whistler,

It is a great pleasure to me to have received your kind letter. It is a still greater pleasure to know that Mr Whistler has himself obtained all the money to himself for the 'Falling Rocket[3]'. The picture is priceless & I am glad that it has [p. 2] [turned] out that the price goes to the painter; altho' I fear that is a bad sentiment from the business point of view! I will now let it be known; at first I had thought of keeping the news for my own paper, but it is too long to wait.

Will you try to get Mr Whistler to send me something to Goupils[4]. One or two pastels or oil or in fact any thing[.] Business begins to move a little & I should really like to be of far more service [p. 3] to Mr Whistler. I think you know that pretty well & that surroundings alone prevent it. Fancy if one had lived at the time of Rembrandt[5] or Velasquez[6] [sic] how proud we would have been to know them a little & be of aid to them occasionally!

Alas the poor Duke[7]! Something odd about the death & more in it I guess than is on the surface!

What a fine blanc et noire[8] [sic] full length Mr Whistler could make of the widowed Duchess[9]. Would it be any use to suggest it?

Please accept my thanks for your letter & my most respectful compliments to you to Mr Whistler
Yours very truly

D. C. Thomson

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1.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

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

3.  Falling Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170). The picture had just been sold to Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more] for 800 guineas (#05565).

4.  Goupils
Thomson was manager of the London branch of the art dealers Boussod, Valadon & Cie., known as the Goupil Gallery.

5.  Rembrandt
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn (1606-1669), painter and etcher [more].

6.  Velasquez
Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660), painter [more].

7.  Duke
George Charles Spencer-Churchill (1844-1892), 8th Duke of Marlborough [more]. JW had hoped to paint both him and the Duchess. However, the Duke died on 9 November 1892 at Blenheim Palace.

8.  blanc et noire
Fr., white and black.

9.  Duchess
Lillian Warren Spencer-Churchill (d. 1909), née Price, Duchess of Marlborough [more].