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System Number: 08253
Date: [15 June 1893][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.-

All right about the pastel[4] - and very proper - which view of the case is I am sure entirely due to your own very correct view of things -

Now why dont you hand over the photographs[5] in batches as I said? - I know [p. 2] what will happen - By & bye you will pack them off in a lump and wish me to stop in town to sign them!! -

"Business" ought to be very much looking up again just now with all this Royal festivity[6] - isn't it so? -

very sincerely

J McN. Whistler

What about Sheridan Ford[7]? Have you heard anything?

[date stamp:] [G]OUPIL & COMPANY / SUCCESSORS / [BOUSS]OD [VALADON & CO] / 16 JUN. 93

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1.  [15 June 1893]
The date of receipt at Goupils was 16 June 1893; therefore it is likely that this was written by JW on the previous day.

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

3.  ALS
'50 B' and '65' written in another hand on p. 1.

4.  pastel
Not identified, see Thomson's letter of 14 June 1893, #05782.

5.  photographs
An Album published by Goupil's containing selection of photographs of oil paintings, mostly those exhibited at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. JW signed the deluxe sets with his name and butterfly signature.

6.  Royal festivity
The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York. In 1891 Princess Mary of Teck (1867-1953), Duchess of York, later Queen Mary [more], became engaged to Albert Victor Christian Edward (1864-1892), Duke of Clarence [more], (elder son of the Prince of Wales). However, he died a few weeks before the wedding was due to take place. Subsequently, she became engaged to the Duke's younger brother, George, Duke of York (1865-1936), later George IV (1911) [more]. They were married on 6 July 1893 in the Chapel Royal, St. James Palace.

7.  Sheridan Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].