System Number: 05708
Date: 26 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T53
Document Type: ALS
[royal coat of arms]
THE GOUPIL GALLERY
BOUSSOD, VALADON & CO.
116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET, W.
TELEGRAMS, - BOUSSOD, LONDON.
March 26th 1892.
Many thanks for your letter. The person who spoke of £450 or so for the Music Room was Lawrie of Glasgow who wanted to buy a picture by you - any one - for about that price - We do not think he had any special buyer & now he declares he is off it altogether. We quite understand the [p. 2] advantage to you & to ourselves of keeping up the prices & this has been our aim all along. At the same time if we sell to a dealer who will himself sell at a profit it could not be to the hurt of either. If Lawrie buys for £450 he wont sell under £600. We have put him on Mr Coronio's 'Chelsea Reach' & may be he will buy it, & it will be about the price down but nothing is settled.
Catalogues. We shall order them as we require them. About £20 have been sold. Note about 'Third Edition' is duly taken.
[p. 3] Mr Jones R A. This is the argument. A small-minded man would not come at all. A mean-minded man would have come & pretended he was of the same opinion. He did come paying his money (for no one happened to see him enter)
& stopping a long time & was evidently well pleased with what he saw. On dit for he did not say so openly that he is much vexed to see his old opinions come to daylight again! So also is it said of Wedmore who goes about saying 'But I have been a Whistlerian all my life!'
Academicians. Few have been here, Brett, D. Murray, G H Boughton, Jones
[p. 4] Letters. We really do not like to repeat the silly things ignorant people say. A single word of appreciation is worth a volume of stupidity. Why listen to the braying of the ass? It is a good idea never to look at a bad picture nor listen to the crude ideas of a fool.
Season Ticket sent to Sir C. Wyke K C B.
Today. Has been crowded all day & in many cases people looked into the gallery & went away saying they would come back when it was not so crowded. Over 600 have paid to-day.
Yours vy truly
[stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
D C Thomson
J McN Whistler Eq
Potters address is
J. C. Potter Eq
Villa Beau Frere
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1. David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. This is a reply to JW's letter, #08354. He had organised Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.
2. Music Room
Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34).
Thomas Lawrie of Thomas Lawrie and Son, painters, decorators and art dealers.
4. Mr Coronio's
Aglaia Coronio (1834-1906), née Ionides, wife of George Coronio [more], had acquired Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach (YMSM 46).
5. Mr Jones R A.
Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898), painter and designer [more].
6. On dit
Fr., 'It is said'.
Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more].
John Brett (1830-1902), painter of coastal scenes and landscapes [more].
9. D. Murray
David Murray (1849-1933), landscape painter [more].
10. G H Boughton
George Henry Boughton (1833-1905), painter [more].
11. Sir C. Wyke
Sir Charles Lennox Wyke (1815-1897), KCB, diplomat [more].
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more]. The remainder of the text is added at the top of page one.