The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05690
Date: 27 February 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T35
Document Type: ALS

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116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.


27 Feby. 1892.

Dear Sir,

Date. In continuance of ours of last evening[2] finished hurriedly to catch the post -

March 19th is one week before Show Sunday[.] Parliament is sitting (we are 'inviting' the whole House of Commons in order to get some day a 'Whistler' in the National collection) Law Courts are on. The days are usually bright & after the mourning[3] of the Court people are looking [p. 2] out for topics of conversation. The season is beginning - people are still fresh & they still have money in their pockets - & many other reasons could be given.


We want you to be satisfied & we shall ask you to settle the time yourself. The collection of Hitchcock[5] is to open on Saturday April 23d - the Saturday after Easter - If yours opens on the 19th March three weeks takes us to the 9th April the Saturday before Easter - In short you have three weeks quite clear & clean & if you find [p. 3] the 19th March too early the Private view[6] could not be the following Saturday 26th because the third week after that is Easter week when Parliament rises on the Tuesday & all the world goes out of town. If it cannot be the 19th March the next possible clear time commences 23d April. Then you have the R A. in a week & all the papers taken up with the Burlington abominations.

We are pledged, since last summer, to open with Hitchcock on the 23d but his are to be in the smaller room & the two could open together [p. 4] if Hitchcock would not wait a week as we think he would.

However March 19th gives you, as is right & in fact necessary, the Goupil Gallery to yourself practically & after much reflection & consideration we recommend that date - Veuillez bien nous dire qu'en pensez vous?[7]

Way[8] does made the cards sent to you. We are arranging with Houghton & Gunn[9], but fear poor Way will be in a bad way. Enclosed in are cards which H. & G. send us. Kindly indicate on the blank one what arrangement you prefer

Yours faithfully

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D. C. Thomson


J. McN. Whistler Eq

Enclosed is list[10] of pictures.

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

2.  ours of last evening

3.  mourning
Probably a reference to the death of Albert Victor Christian Edward (1864-1892), Duke of Clarence [more] (elder son of the Prince of Wales, afterwards King Edward VII) in January 1892.

4.  But
Double underlined.

5.  Hitchcock
George Hitchcock (1850-1913), painter and illustrator [more].

6.  Private view
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892 opened, as Thomson suggested, on 19 March.

7.  Veuillez bien nous dire qu'en pensez vous?
Fr., Would you please tell us what you think?

8.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

9.  Houghton & Gunn
Firm of stationers, 162, New Bond Street. They were to print the Private View cards.

10.  list
Not located.