The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05750
Date: 18 June 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T95
Document Type: ALS

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


18 June 1892.

Dear Sir,

Very many thanks for your prompt attention to our request about the Consul. It is very kind of you & we greatly appreciate it. Enclosed is the very small coin as requested.

There is very little indeed going on as peoples attention is taken so much with this horrid election[2]. Our friend (!) Mempes[3] has been trying to stir up his admirers (!!) with a show at Dowdeswells[4] which has fallen flatter than the aerial effects in the pictures[,] no not pictures - paintings. M. was there in full fig. in [p. 2] his show last Saturday, but there has been no sensation. Even Dowdeswell[5] cannot think much of it as he has two - yes two - other shows going on at the same time! Probably he has not acquired the art of concentration, or more probably he dares not trust to the 'draw' of M. alone!

Americans have not been many up to the present. That is picture buyers. We have a good many 'looking around' & we give them every attention, but they don't buy. We expect some others next week

McLean[6] has a fine show of Millet[7] pastels & there is an Israels[8] collection. Berheim[9] is showing M. Coquelins[10] pictures in Piccadilly & the R A.[11] is crowded with country cousins.

= Your telegram to hand to which reply has been duly sent.

[p. 3] We have sent you the P. M. Budget[12] & another paper. The Pall Mall contains some of the Peacock Room[13]. The House itself was to be put up for sale yesterday but we cannot find out if any purchaser appeared.

Yours very truly

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D C Thomson


I deeply regret that I cannot leave London yet, but hope to do so at the end of a week


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1.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

2.  election
A conservative government under Lord Salisbury held office from 1886 until Parliament was dissolved on 28 June 1892. The Liberals were elected by a majority of forty on a platform of reforms, of which the most prominent was Irish Home Rule. W. E. Gladstone was elected Prime Minister on 15 August 1892.

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

4.  Dowdeswells
Dowdeswell and Dowdeswell, art dealers and publishers.

5.  Dowdeswell
Charles Dowdeswell (m. 1897), art dealer, son of C. W. Dowdeswell [more].

6.  McLean
Thomas M. McLean (b. ca 1832), print dealer and publisher [more].

7.  Millet
Jean François Millet (1814-1874), artist [more].

8.  Israels
Jozef Israëls (1824-1911), painter and printmaker [more].

9.  Berheim
Alexandre Bernheim (1839-1915), Paris art dealer [more].

10.  M. Coquelins
Ernest Coquelin (1848-1909), actor and collector of Impressionist art [more].

11.  R A.
The summer show of the Royal Academy.

12.  P. M. Budget
Pall Mall Budget, 16 June 1892, pp. 864-65.

13.  Peacock Room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).