The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 02674
Date: 24 January 1894
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: Arthur Haythorne Studd[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler LB 1/149
Document Type: MsLc


letter sent by Thomson (Goupil's)

The Goupil Gallery. 5 Regent Street.

Jany 24 1894

To A. H. Studd Esq

Dear Sir

We have received a letter[3] from Mr. Whistler in which he informed us that he has heard of the sale of the two pictures[4] and has also received your telegram[5]. He however is most anxious to have all the details and especially those concerning the price. - We are on very intimate terms with Mr. Whistler and are placed in rather an awkward position as we do not wish to displease him and on the other hand do not feel at liberty to give the information respecting the price you paid without your consent; we should therefore feel greatly obliged if you would kindly let us know, today if possible, if we can give Mr. Whistler all the information he desires, unless you intend to do so yourself[6].

Yours faithfully

signed B. V. & Co.[7]

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1.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. This copy is in JW's hand.

2.  Arthur Haythorne Studd
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

3.  letter
Probably JW to D. C. Thomson, #08283.

4.  two pictures
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115). Barely a month later, Beatrix Whistler wrote on JW's behalf to ask Studd if he could borrow the painting for an exhibition, (#03166).

5.  telegram

6.  yourself
This Studd did, in a letter of 27 January 1894 (#05610), with which he sent the original of this letter. He had paid £1400 for the two paintings.

7.  B. V. & Co.
Boussod, Valadon & Co.