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Record 13 of 17

System Number: 08212
Date: 21 February [1892]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS[2]

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

33. Rue de Tournon - Paris -

Sunday, Feb. 21.

Dear Sir -

Yours[3] received -

Potter[4] - Accept everything - Will select afterwards - The uninteresting portrait you speak of is "The Little White Girl - Symphony in White No. 2[5]" -


Cyril Flower[7], M. P. Write and borrow his "Gold Screen[8]" -


Louis Huth[9] - (May Fair - and country place where his pictures are I forget just now - City place, Tokenhouse Yard -) Write and borrow his "Symphony in White No. 3." -


Peter Taylor[10]. M. P. (late) - What about the sea piece? Have you got it from Brighton - If not call upon Madame Venturi[11]. Carlyle Cottage, King's Road Chelsea - (just past opposite Paulton Square, and beg her to intercede with Mrs Taylor[12] - The picture which is very dirty should go at once to Richards[13] to be cleaned & varnished - Frame in very bad state I fear - Grau[14] had better see what can be done - he might find a larger frame in my studio that would cut down to it - the old frame of Carlyle[15], or the one of my Mother[16], would do, regilded - -

'send for'

[p. 2] Leathard[17] - or Leathardt - in Newcastle - Something to do with lead works - an old buyer of Rossetti[18], Madox Brown[19] and so on - He has beautiful picture of mine - Write and borrow: "The Lange Leizen[20]," a girl in Japanese dress painting a vase - . Get and send to Richards to clean & varnish -


Mrs Ionides[21]. Hastings. - has just died! - Apply to Alexander A. Ionides[22]. Also has he lent the other pictures I wrote to you about - I want them very much -


Madame Venturi - (Carlyle Cottage) Forgot to say borrow little "Chelsea in ice."[23]

Shannon[24]. Have you got his picture? Sea piece -

Date[25] - Fix as late as possible - because wish all pictures to be in good condition - properly framed & glazed - Don't trouble owners upon the frame question - Stir up Grau - of course he cannot put new frames on every thing - but what he is doing, he requires much pushing -

Wyndham[26]. (Belgrave Square). I have written myself as you told me you had heard nothing -

Yours truly

J McN. Whistler.

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1.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. Thomson was organising JW's major retrospective exhibition Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

2.  ALS
'8 B' was written at top right and '8' at bottom right of p. 1, in an unknown hand. Notes by Thomson are interspersed throughout JW's letter.

3.  Yours

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

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

6.  'yes'
Written at intervals in the left margin, probably by D. C. Thomson.

7.  Cyril Flower
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more].

8.  Gold Screen
Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen (YMSM 60).

9.  Louis Huth
Louis Huth (1821-1905), collector [more]. He owned Symphony in White, No. 3 (YMSM 61).

10.  Peter Taylor
Peter Alfred Taylor (1819-1891), Radical MP, partner in Samuel Courtauld and Co., silk merchants, and collector [more].

11.  Madame Venturi
Emilie Venturi (d. 1893), née Ashurst, wife (1) of Sydney Hawkes, and (2) Carlo Venturi [more].

12.  Mrs Taylor
Mrs Peter Taylor, wife of the collector [more]. She owned Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72).

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

14.  Grau
Frederick H. Grau (d. 1894/1895), picture framer [more].

15.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

16.  Mother
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

17.  Leathard
A misspelling of James Leathart (1820-1895), collector [more].

18.  Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), artist and poet [more].

19.  Madox Brown
Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), painter [more].

20.  The Lange Leizen
Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47).

21.  Mrs Ionides
See #08219.

22.  Alexander A. Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

23.  "Chelsea in ice."
Chelsea in Ice (YMSM 53).

24.  Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more].

25.  Date
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 opened on 19 March.

26.  Wyndham
Percy Wyndham (1835-1911), collector [more], owned Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Westminster Bridge (YMSM 145).