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Record 13 of 19

System Number: 08213
Date: 28 February [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

[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
29 FEB. 92

33. Rue de Tournon -

Feb. 28 -

Cards - - No it will never do to offend Way[3] - You must go back to him - Also he will have to print the catalogue - even if it be only a slight list -

Promised paintings - Get them all in - They ought all to go to Richards[4] - cleaned - & varnished -

Indeed what you have already should be seen by him - at once - He will have none too much time -

Mrs. Percy Wyndham's Nocturne[5] - Richards must have it at once - I was [p. 2] writing to him telling him to call at 44. Belgrave Square - but you had perhaps better send - it will be quicker - I enclose line to Housekeeper - and have since written saying that Richards will take it away - There has been an accident - a hole in the canvas - Richards must repair it -

Mr. Ionides[6] - You ought to have Nocturne Valparaiso[7] - Sea and Rain[8] and yet another small painting of some oyster smacks[9] or fishing boats going out in the evening - Also beg him to procure for you the Old Battersea bridge[10] - belonging to his late father[11] at Hastings -

Cyril Flower[12] - The Gold Screen - the other is not a Nocturne!! but a little picture of Chelsea - with an almond tree in the foreground - Take it - and when I come I will settle about it -

Potter[13] - J. C. Potter[14] - is the son - Accept everything - and send on to Richards - The portrait is the famous Little White Girl[15] - Richards must clean and varnish at once -

Chapman[16] - Beg him to hurry - He ought to give you - :- 1. Nocturne Grey & Gold - snow piece, 2. Nocturne Bognor - 3. Nocturne Southampton Water - 4. Sea Piece -

Leathardt[17]. Get his picture at once for Richards -

Cards - I enclose rough sketch[18] on back of Breakfast invitation - Only the whole thing ought to begin lower down -

"The presence of" should begin about where the Mr. Whistler is on the other side - All smallest printing, excepting Private View and Mr. Whistler -

Hanging, etc - Will try to be with you by the Wednesday or Thursday before - This not to be spoken of -

Write - continually meanwhile -
Yours truly

J McN. Whistler.

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1.  28 February [1892]
Year dated from references toJW's forthcoming exhibition, Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

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

3.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. He did print the Private View cards.

4.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

5.  Mrs. Percy Wyndham's Nocturne
Madeline Caroline Frances Eden Wyndham (1835-1920), née Campbell, artist [more], lent Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145).

6.  Mr. Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

7.  Nocturne Valparaiso
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

8.  Sea and Rain
Sea and Rain (YMSM 65).

9.  oyster smacks
Green and Grey: The Oyster Smacks, Evening (YMSM 99).

10.  Old Battersea bridge
Brown and Silver: Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 33).

11.  father
Alexander Constantine Ionides (1810-1890), shipping merchant and collector [more].

12.  Cyril Flower
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more], owned Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen (YMSM 60) and Variations in Pink and Grey: Chelsea (YMSM 105).

13.  Potter
John Gerald Potter (1829-1908), wallpaper manufacturer and patron [more].

14.  J. C. Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

15.  Little White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).

16.  Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more], owned Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water (YMSM 117), Blue and Gold: Channel (YMSM 159), Nocturne: Battersea Reach (YMSM 160) and Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174).

17.  Leathardt
James Leathart (1820-1895), collector [more], owned Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47).

18.  sketch
The sketch is no longer with the letter.