The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05707
Date: 25 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T52
Document Type: ALS

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116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET, W.

25 March 1892.

Dear Sir,

As we have telegraphed to you this morning in answer to yours the person who has asked about the Music Room[2] is Mr Lawrie[3] of Glasgow. He wants to have it 'on spec' he says, but it may be he has a Scotch or Canadian buyer. Whatever price you [think?] we shall wire to St Petersburg [p. 2] for confirmation & approval & then wire Lawrie.

If Lawrie does not buy we presume the price will hold good for any one?

To-day is the 'Jour Reservé' @ 2/6 & we have had 84 visitors who have paid. We have a lot of people presenting themselves as your friends & artists & we do not know what to do with them. It is bad policy to let them in to the exhibition without enquiry - for this would make the charge a farce - & at the same time we do not want to offend anybody. [p. 3] Artists are awfully mad if they have to pay 1/- in the afternoon. Will you kindly say if you think we should stick strictly to the advertised charge or let in artists all day without fee? We are quite pleased to do either -

We are sending M. Joyant[4] a complete list of the pictures with all the details in case you arrange the exhibition[5] for Paris

Yours faithfully

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D C Thomson


Mons J McN. Whistler

[p. 4] P. S.[6]
If you would kindly hand the 4 vols of Ruskin[7] to M. Joyant we should be glad -

[sketch of a balustrade][8]

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

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

3.  Mr Lawrie
Thomas Lawrie of Thomas Lawrie and Son, painters, decorators and art dealers.

4.  M. Joyant
Maurice Joyant (1864-1930), art dealer, manager of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more]. The proposed exhibition in Paris never took place.

5.  exhibition
The exhibition that was currently running was Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

6.  P. S.
Double underlined.

7.  Ruskin
Ruskin, John, Modern Painters, London, 1843-60, written by John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

8.  [sketch of a balustrade]
Probably by Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].