The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05717
Date: 7 April 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T62
Document Type: ALS

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116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.


7 April 1892.

Dear Sir,

Pictures. Will you kindly let us know by Monday morning at the very latest[2] what you wish us to do with the pictures. If you will kindly take the extra Catalogue[s] we send to day (there are 3 in all) & mark definitely against each any instructions you may have. We propose to commence returning them at once unless you wish otherwise. [p. 2] We cannot keep them above a day or two for Easter is at hand & the insurances will soon run out. Please therefore let us have this & much oblige.

Photographs. We should like to decide about the 'Whistler Album[3]' as soon as you can. We have put up a notice in the Gallery about the contemplated publication & people are asking questions, prices &c.

We have now received permissions for all except the following, Mdm Reveillon[4], Albert Moore[5], Glasgow Corporation[6], Orchar[7], Leathart[8], Gallimard[9] & Potter[10]. As there are reasons of absence connected with [p. 3] Reveillon, Moore, Gallimard, Orchar & Glasgow we are making photographs of those as we know they will come in a day or two - This leaves only Leathart & Potter (not so bad after all?) & we have learned Potter has gone North so his consent may come tomorrow too - Leathart we are writing to very specially & as we shall look on this as quite a small triumph for our way of doing business you may be sure we shall try hard for this too! - Graves[11] will ask a royalty on both the R. Corder[12] & Carlyle[13] but this does not mean much [p. 4] & we can arrange it satisfactorily. Please note however that we have said to each proprietor that if the consent were given a copy of the complete publication would be sent in due course[.] This is usual.

Paris Exhibition. We have rather upset our Paris people by hinting at the idea to have your exhibition at Rue de Seze[14]. They think that they shd have it themselves. You might go & see Joyant[15] once more & try to settle for Rue Chaptal or abandon the idea altogether. Had we only been able to sell some here our Paris friends would have looked on it differently -

We had 40 last night & about 350 to day.

Yours vy truly

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]. Thomson had organised JW's retrospective exhibition Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892

2.  very latest
Double underlined.

3.  Whistler Album
A selection of paintings from the exhibition was eventually photographed for an album, Whistler, James McNeill, The Whistler Album: Nocturnes, Marines, Chevalet Pieces, London, 1893.

4.  Mdm Reveillon
Julia de Kay Revillon (1855-1930), née Whistler, JW's niece [more].

5.  Albert Moore
Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), painter [more].

6.  Glasgow Corporation
Owners of Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

7.  Orchar
James Guthrie Orchar (1825-1888), engineer and collector [more].

8.  Leathart
James Leathart (1820-1895), collector [more].

9.  Gallimard
Sebastien-Paul Gallimard (1850-1929), collector, publisher and patron of the arts [more].

10.  Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

11.  Graves
Henry Graves and Co.

12.  R. Corder
Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203).

13.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

14.  Rue de Seze
Gallery owned by Georges Petit (1856-1920), Paris art dealer [more].

15.  Joyant
Maurice Joyant (1864-1930), art dealer, manager of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more]. The idea of a further exhibition was abandoned.