The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05709
Date: 28 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T54
Document Type: ALS

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116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET, W.


28 March 1892.

Dear Sir,

Do you think that it would be advisable to announce an Evening Exhibition 6.30 till 9 @ 6d. as has sometimes been done? Every one is talking of the success & all that can be done to emphasize it is for the best. If we could ask 1/- of course there would [p. 2] be less objection, but it is no use trying the experiment unless we make it 6d. It might be spoken of as an appeal to the people.

Public Opinion. J. Stanley Little[2] has written a short note on the Exhibition & asks us to tell you it is his.

Mdme Reveillon[3]. writes that she is in communication with you about the Music Room[4]. Will you keep in view when you are deciding about prices, that although we are naturally wishful to buy as cheaply as we can we also want [p. 3] to obtain the best profit possible. If we should buy a picture & offer it for sale we sometimes take far more than 15%. So that because we may be desirous of making a present owner ask a moderate price we may take a good profit & sell the picture at a high price. This is of course the same to you & better for us!

A joke. You will remember there were no catalogues on the Press View morning. It appears that several critics went into the larger gallery alone & never entered the small room! One of them said this complainingly but [p. 4] we reminded him that the written lists supplied showed all the pictures & that 'The way out' was specially displayed. We also told him - "It is just like the critics." This was to Spielmann[5] & since then we have found that he himself was not in the smaller room, until a week after the press view

Date of Private View. You may be interested to know that on Saturday there were 9 Private Views . . . There was only Whistler the week before.

Menpes[6] has just been in (free, as a friend[7] (!)) & his only remark is "What a Master What a Master!"

Yours faithfully

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D. C. Thomson


J McN. Whistler Eq

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

2.  J. Stanley Little
James Stanley Little (1856-1940), novelist, historian, art critic, editor of Public Opinion [more].

3.  Mdme Reveillon
Julia de Kay Revillon (1855-1930), née Whistler, JW's niece [more]. She was interested in selling Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34); see #05176.

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

5.  Spielmann
Marion Henry Alexander Spielmann (1858-1948), journalist and writer on art [more].

6.  Menpes
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1860-1938), artist [more].

7.  friend
Double underlined.