The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05706
Date: 23 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T51
Document Type: ALS

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116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.


23 March 1892.

Dear Sir,

We have been having a lot of visitors to the Exhibition[2] & in almost every case the pictures are "admired". Many doubtless say they are pleased & understand little enough of the matter, but all round the public are decidedly appreciative

[p. 2] The visitors have been from Royal Princesses to Royal Academicians. The princesses (Duchess of Edinburgh[3] & her two daughters) said they "did not understand them one bit". Mr Burne Jones[4] came[,] paid his 1/- & was here quite one hour - He is a bigger minded man that [sic] one would have thought. He examined every picture & had a long talk with Walter Sickert[5] who will doubtless tell you what he said.

Artists & students come in crowds before 11 am & stop for hours.

[p. 3] We are rather curious about the Jour réservé on Friday - at 2/6!

There are many press notices. Shall we send them to you or are you having them?

A serious business question. One man wants to know if £400 or £450 would buy Madame Reveillons[6] 'Music Room.' We wired to her & she replies consult you. Will you kindly think [p. 4] over the matter for her & say what your idea is. Our man will not pay more than £450 we fear -

No other offers of a serious kind up to the present.

Yours faithfully

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D C Thomson


J McN. Whistler Eq

We are in active correspondence with Paris respecting a show at Rue Chaptal[7]

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

2.  Exhibition
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

3.  Duchess of Edinburgh
Marie Alexandrovna (1853-1920), Duchess of Edinburgh and later Grand Duchess of Russia [more].

4.  Mr Burne Jones
Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898), painter and designer [more].

5.  Walter Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

6.  Madame Reveillons
Julia de Kay Revillon (1855-1930), née Whistler, JW's niece [more], who was considering the sale of Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34) (see #05176).

7.  Rue Chaptal
JW did not have another show at the Boussod, Valadon and Co. branch in Paris.