System Number: 05758
Date: 17 November 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson
Recipient: Beatrix Whistler
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T103
Document Type: ALS
[oval cameo with head of Minerva:] THE ART JOURNAL
294, CITY ROAD, LONDON, E. C.
Nov. 17th 1892
Dear Mrs Whistler,
It is a great pleasure to me to have received your kind letter. It is a still greater pleasure to know that Mr Whistler has himself obtained all the money to himself for the 'Falling Rocket'. The picture is priceless & I am glad that it has [p. 2] [turned] out that the price goes to the painter; altho' I fear that is a bad sentiment from the business point of view! I will now let it be known; at first I had thought of keeping the news for my own paper, but it is too long to wait.
Will you try to get Mr Whistler to send me something to Goupils. One or two pastels or oil or in fact any thing[.] Business begins to move a little & I should really like to be of far more service [p. 3] to Mr Whistler. I think you know that pretty well & that surroundings alone prevent it. Fancy if one had lived at the time of Rembrandt or Velasquez [sic] how proud we would have been to know them a little & be of aid to them occasionally!
Alas the poor Duke! Something odd about the death & more in it I guess than is on the surface!
Please accept my thanks for your letter & my most respectful compliments to you to Mr Whistler
Yours very truly
D. C. Thomson
3. Falling Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170). The picture had just been sold to Samuel Untermyer (1858-1940), lawyer, capitalist and philanthropist [more] for 800 guineas (#05565).
Thomson was manager of the London branch of the art dealers Boussod, Valadon & Cie., known as the Goupil Gallery.
8. blanc et noire
Fr., white and black.