The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05716
Date: 6 April 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T61
Document Type: ALS

[royal coat of arms]

116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET, W.


6 April 1892.

Dear Sir,

As telegraphed this morning we are very[2] certain it is better for you & your exhibition to "positively close this week". It is better to stop, even at with the risk of losing the gate & catalogue money now, while the big big boom is on; than appear to grasp at a result which is doubtful & which [p. 2] cannot add to the present success. Nothing really can add to this success & to prolong the show would place it in jeopardy. Besides next week every one leaves town for Easter, which is at the end of next week. These three weeks are the cream of the season, we have got what we sought for, let us wisely be content. Therefore, please, let us stop as arranged

Evenings better last night 28 no more but the papers have paragraphs[3] this morning & it may bett be better

Mrs Peter's[4] Sea piece. We shall see the owner[;] he is absent to-day.

[p. 3] Goupils. We wrote on Monday as arranged with Mrs Whistler[5] (whose flowers still decorate the turnstile) to ask our people if they could arrange to take Petits[6] Gallery in the Rue de Seze for you with Joyant[7] in charge, but no reply has come. You might speak to Joyant[.] Nothing would please us better than to have him or M. Boussod[8] (Etienne) to come here.

You will, of course, for the sake of those here in London, take care not to say too much for us here & speak of the success of the exhibition (which is very real) as if you had learned about it from other people. We are a little [p. 4] isolated here, having to bear the brunt of the battle amongst a somewhat unappreciative public, & occasionally the task is heavy. But in the hour of triumph that can be forgotten.

Academicians. Fildes[9] & Poynter[10] have been in. Both, to us[11], are very appreciative & with Fildes this is certainly sincere; for many a time has he admired your pictures. He was here for ¾ hour with his wife[12] & each & every canvas he examined carefully. We know him to be one of the broadest minded men in the R A. & hope he will be P[13]. R. A. yet.

Money. We have paid in £40 to Drummonds[14] to-day for Catalogues. This is after paying Way[15] & represents part of your profit. An exact account is being kept & will be given to you at the end.

Yours very truly

[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 was the organiser of JW's retrospective exhibition, Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. This is his reply to JW's letter of 5 April, #08347.

2.  very
Double underlined.

3.  paragraphs
Not located.

4.  Mrs Peter's
Mrs Peter Taylor, wife of the collector [more], sold Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72) to William Taylor Malleson (b. ca 1830), wine merchant and collector [more], during the show (see #05719).

5.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

6.  Petits
Georges Petit (1856-1920), Paris art dealer [more]. No show of JW's work was arranged in Paris at this time.

7.  Joyant
Maurice Joyant (1864-1930), art dealer, manager of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more].

8.  M. Boussod
Etienne Boussod (fl. 1885-1919), Paris art dealer and publisher, of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more].

9.  Fildes
Samuel Luke Fildes (1844-1927), genre and portrait painter [more].

10.  Poynter
Edward John Poynter (1836-1919), history and genre painter [more].

11.  to us
Double underlined.

12.  wife
Agnes Poynter (ca 1846 - d.1906), née Macdonald, wife of E. J. Poynter [more].

13.  P
The 'P' of P.R.A. was double underlined. He did not become President of the Royal Academy.

14.  Drummonds
JW's bankers.

15.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. He had printed the catalogue for the Goupil Show (#03285).