The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05742
Date: 28 May 1892
Author: Boussod, Valadon and Company[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T87
Document Type: ALS

May 28th / 92

[royal coat of arms]
116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET, W.

Dear Sir,

As wired to you today the "Princesse[2]" fetched 420 guineas, there was only another bidder besides ourselves from fifty guineas and ours was the last bid but one. It is however a great pity we did not receive a reply to our enquiry respecting [p. 2] your citizenship as, if the picture could have entered the States free of duty we might have obtained a commission from one of our American customers here, for instance Mr Potter Palmer[3] who bought Mrs Coronio's[4] picture Battersea Reach[5] for £450 all expenses paid to Chicago. We pay Mrs Coronio £310 and the new frame and doing up the picture. We shall be [p. 3] glad if you will let us know as to the entry of this picture into the States. The Valparaiso[6] has been bought by one of our English Customers together with other pictures and an exchange, we paying Mr Ionides[7] £300.

Yours faithfully

Boussod Valadon & Co.

per [WM?]

J. McNeill Whistler Esq

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1.  Boussod, Valadon and Company
This is a follow-up to a letter from David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more] to JW, 25 May 1892, #05741, possibly written by William Stephen Marchant (1868-1925), art dealer [more] (see the initials at the end of the letter).

2.  Princesse
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

3.  Mr Potter Palmer
Potter Palmer (1826-1902), collector [more].

4.  Mrs Coronio's
Aglaia Coronio (1834-1906), née Ionides, wife of George Coronio [more].

5.  Battersea Reach
Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach (YMSM 46).

6.  Valparaiso
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76), bought by Sir John Charles Sigismund Day (1826-1908), QC, collector [more].

7.  Mr Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].