System Number: 05785
Date: 12 July 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T130
Document Type: ALS
THE GOUPIL GALLERY
[Royal coat of arms]
BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
5, REGENT STREET, S. W.
TELEGRAMS, BOUSSOD, LONDON.
12 July 1893.
Dear Mr Whistler,
The newly signed sets (20) of the Album are on the way & it is quite certain the signatures will be done with all the daintiness of every thing you touch.
Herewith is cheque for £25/-/- being £20 on account of signatures & £5 for that pastel which has worried you so much
[p. 2] Yes I do know of various Scotsmen who would buy 'Sea pieces' & I would go to Scotland with them myself if it was at all possible at the time when you sent them.
Mr Dignam is a very interesting fellow & I shall be very glad to help him. He is to do a drawing for the 'Art Journal' by which he will earn a few shillings. He is doing some for 'The Studio' & I have sent him to Pall Mall Magazine[,] St James Budget &c &c. I shall look after him until he is on his legs a bit. It is very pleasant to be able to do so for you
[p. 3] I was one of the guests at the Lord Mayors banquet & enjoyed it very well. I fear I am too bourgeois to want the Lord Mayor abolished. Horsley was inaudible at twenty yards off for no one paid him any attention. Linton was really too inane for any thing. Sir Edwin Arnold was the only one who spoke intelligently
It was odd to see Geo. Bernard Shaw the Socialist drinking the loving cup. I sat behind an Alderman who gave me all the city tips. Near me was Spielmann[,] Briton Riviere, Phil Morris, & some Scottish painters. J. M. Swan was there also, but none of the New English Club as far as I could see. There were 150 "art" men, 100 literature - & 50 City swells.
The Academy Soiree was the Tuesday before & I partook of the Strawberries & cream without compunction. Sir F. L. was as cold as ice in his bow to me. The Imperial Institute Soiree was the day before the Mayors fête so I had plenty of it that week.
Yours vy truly
pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
D C Thomson
A selection of photographs of oil paintings, published by Goupil's, mostly those exhibited at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. JW signed the deluxe sets with his name and butterfly signature.
4. Mr Dignam
Michael J. Hoey Dignam (fl. 1893), illustrator [more]; see JW's letter to Thomson, 6 July 1893, #08242. A decorative drawing by 'Michael Dignam' of a man and woman looking from a balcony over the sea , called Sunset, was reproduced in the Art Journal, December 1894, p. 352.
13. New English Club
The New English Art Club, founded in 1886.
The Royal Academy of Arts.