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Record 13 of 15

System Number: 08329
Date: [15 November 1892][1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[3]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS[4]

Hotel du Bon la Fontaine

Dear Mr. Thomson -

Thank you so much for your book[5] - which you were kind enough to send me - We have been greatly interested by it - We had no idea that you wielded the pen - in this powerful [p. 2] and ingenious way, if we had - we should have been very much afraid of you!

Mr Whistler will write to you in a few days - he is hard at work finishing the portrait of an American lady[6] - who goes back next week -

He wishes me to tell you the "Falling [p. 3] Rocket[7]" was not sold through any dealer at all - He got the 800 gns net - himself -

So the Duke[8] did not get his portrait after all!!

With our kindest regards
Believe me,
Very sincerely

Beatrix Whistler

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D. C. Thomson Esq
Boussod Valadon & Co
New Bond St
[postmark:] PARIS GARE DU [NORD?] / 3 15 / NOV / 92
[postmarks x 2 on verso:] (1) PARIS A CALAIS / 15 NOV / 92 (2) LONDON / 7 V / NO 16/92

[date stamp on verso:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
16 NOV 92


1.  [15 November 1892]
Dated by postmark.

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

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

4.  ALS
'6A' was written in red ink in an unknown hand at top left, and '49', in pencil, at the bottom of p. 1 and on the envelope.

5.  book
Thomson, David Croal, The Barbizon School of Painters. I: Corot, London, 1892; see his letter #05757.

6.  portrait of an American lady
Possibly Portrait of Miss Lilian Woakes (YMSM 393) or Miss Charlotte R. Williams (YMSM 407).

7.  Falling Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

8.  Duke
George Charles Spencer-Churchill (1844-1892), 8th Duke of Marlborough [more], who was considering commissioning a portrait from JW. However, his sudden death on 9 November 1892 put an end to the idea.