The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05685
Date: 20 February 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T30
Document Type: ALS

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116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.


20 Feby 1892.

Dear Sir,

Many thanks for yours received this morning.

Cards[2]. We shall prepare a card & send it as requested.

Date. The reason we have written so pressingly about this is because we gave (several months ago) a written undertaking to have an exhibition of pictures in the large room to begin [p. 2] to hang on Monday April 11th & to open on Saturday April 16th. This leaves sufficient time for the Nocturnes which could commence on the 12th or 19th March for three weeks only as suggested[3].

All the other matters mentioned in yours are receiving our best attention & we shall see Mr Alexander[4] & see about the portrait[5] of his daughter. We also write about the 'Music Room[6]' & others.

Yours very truly

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D. C. Thomson


J McN. Whistler Eq

P. T. O.[7]

[p. 3] P. S.
Mr J. C. Potter[8] offers to lend 4. The Nocturne - a Wave - a Girls portrait & another Nocturne. Shall we accept the two Nocturnes & the Wave & leave the portrait which is not so interesting?

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

2.  Cards
Presumably an invitation to the private view (see JW's reply, #08219).

3.  suggested
JW's retrospective exhibition Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 opened on 19 March.

4.  Mr Alexander
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more].

5.  portrait
Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (YMSM 129).

6.  Music Room
Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34).

7.  P. T. O.
Triple underlined.

8.  Mr J. C. Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more]. He lent Blue and Silver: Blue Wave, Biarritz (YMSM 41), Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), Grey and Silver: Chelsea Wharf (YMSM 54) and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115).