UNIVERSITY of GLASGOW

The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05786
Date: 18 July 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T131
Document Type: ALS


THE GOUPIL GALLERY
[Royal coat of arms]
BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
5, REGENT STREET, S. W.
TELEGRAMS, BOUSSOD, LONDON.
London

July 18th 1893.

Dear Mr Whistler

Just a few lines - I have now arrived from Devonshire & find your note. I hasten to say that the £25 was sent only as a something towards paying for work in hand & not as meaning that what had been agreed for Guineas was to be paid in Pounds. Twenty five pounds was a round sum & there was no other [p. 2] arrière pensée[2].

Herewith are the faithful shillings which never meant to desert you.

I will give special attention to the photographs[3][.] But please throw out[4] all bad or defective ones. All are paid for as perfect & they ought so to be.

Dignam[5] says he is full of work. He is doing a headpiece for me for the Art Journal.

I have been in Devonshire a day or two -

Yours hastily

D. C. Thomson


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Notes:

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

2.  arrière pensée
Fr., ulterior motive. Thomson had enclosed a further cheque in this after JW had implied that Thomson's previous cheque (sent with #05785) had been made out for £25 rather than 25 guineas in order to deprive the artist of the extra small amount.

3.  photographs
A selection of photographs of oil paintings, mostly those exhibited at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892, published by Goupil's. JW signed the deluxe sets with his name and butterfly signature.

4.  throw out
Double underlined.

5.  Dignam
Michael J. Hoey Dignam (fl. 1893), illustrator [more]. Thomson was editor of the Art Journal.