The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05695
Date: 4 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T40
Document Type: ALS

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116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.

London -

4 March 1892.

Dear Sir,

We have seen Way[2] about the Cards & he will send you the revised design this evening direct. If it is possible to keep to the size of the cards we should be very glad as nearly all the envelopes are already addressed - 3000. We could print the 150 for the Press on larger cards [p. 2] if you like & also all the special ones.

Posters. These were not of course any attempt to copy yours as your design only came the morning after we had posted ours. Yours is far better & Way has it in hand.

The instructions have been sent to Grau[3] about Miss Alexander[4] frame.

Shannon[5] returns next week & will no doubt lend us his.

Cuttings. We are arranging to have a duplicate set for you.

All the affairs seem in good trim [p. 3] but we shall not relax any effort to make the exhibition in every way the success it requires to be

We want to get some M. P. to ask the Government if they propose to buy a 'Whistler' for the National Gallery. It will advertise the show & we want to make an effort to have one of your works there.

Would Cyril Flower[6] be the man. Or shall we go to Mr Gladstone[7] [p. 4] himself or Mr Balfour[8] - The latter is the best man of these at the head & his sympathies are with us - he is a Scotsman! But probably the best way is to get a question asked -

The Lady's Pictorial[9] (very nice people) want to have your own photograph & some of the pictures for publication. Is this good enough?

Could we get up a 'Whistler Souvenir'[10] or something of that kind - or an edition de luxe?

Yours very truly

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D. C. Thomson


J. McN. Whistler Eq

Modern Painters[11]. My copy is the American Reprint & it will need care in its coming into England again as it is Contraband. Send it tomorrow.

P. S.[12] Mons. Duret[13] has not yet replied about his picture


P. P. S. Chapman's[14] 5 & Mrs P. Taylor's[15] 1 just arrived

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

2.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. See his letter to JW, 4 March 1892, #06093.

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

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

5.  Shannon
James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), genre and portrait painter [more], owned Sea and Rain (YMSM 65).

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

7.  Mr Gladstone
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Liberal MP and Prime Minister [more]. No picture by JW was bought by the State.

8.  Mr Balfour
Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930), politician, statesman and philosopher [more].

9.  Lady's Pictorial
Reference not identified.

10.  'Whistler Souvenir'
An album of photographs was published; this is the first mention of it.

11.  Modern Painters
Ruskin, John, Modern Painters, London, 1843-60, written by John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]. The text 'Modern Painters ... Send it Tomorrow' has been added at the foot of page three, boxed.

12.  P. S.
This note, and the following 'P. P. S.', have been added in the space at the top of page one.

13.  Mons. Duret
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more], owned but did not lend Nocturne: Grey and Silver (YMSM 156).

14.  Chapman's
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).

15.  Mrs P. Taylor's
Mrs Peter Taylor, wife of the collector [more], lent Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72).