The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
Home > On-line Edition > Transcription/Database Record

the on-line edition

System Number: 05792
Date: 21 November 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T137
Document Type: ALS

[Royal coat of arms]



Nov. 21st 1893.

Dear Mr Whistler,

Yes they have sent 'La chaloupe[2]' with a note stating it was not an aquarelle[3] you asked them to send - & as we had requested from them - but this little oil. I do not quite understand what it means but I thought you were to send a water [p. 2] colour that we were to show to Deprez[4] & this 'Chaloupe' confuses me. You might ask to see M. Etienne Boussod[5] for he is the best man for you.


Sir W. E.[6] is a man who changes his ideas continually. I told him you would require £500 for a head size, & probably £2,000 & in any case £1500 for a full length.


He is troublesome in his dealings & you must be very careful & precise in business details & settle the matter before hand.

- It is popularly believed here that [p. 3] you are to have £600 for the cabinet full length of a "Scottish gentleman" you are painting. This is Mr Cowan[7] of course.

My assistant[8] who has charge of the lithographs is absent, but doubtless you know how they stand, & it is all written down


W You might consider the question of your supplying us with these lithos. at a price to enable us to push them [p. 4] in the trade. At present & often we have provided double mounts for the etchings[,] the profit is so desperately meagre that with bad debts & long credit we are not any better when we sell them!

We really require 50% & sell to the trade for 33 1/3 % as with your former lithos.

Yours vy truly

D. C. Thomson

P. S.[9] I go to Glasgow tomorrow for some days
147 Wellington St

This document is protected by copyright.


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

2.  La chaloupe
Green and Gold: The Sloop (YMSM 368).

3.  aquarelle
Fr., watercolour.

4.  Deprez
Edmund F. Deprez (1851-1915), art dealer, partner with P. and D. Colnaghi and Co. [more].

5.  Etienne Boussod
Etienne Boussod (fl. 1885-1919), Paris art dealer and publisher, of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more].

6.  Sir W. E.
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

7.  Mr Cowan
John James Cowan (1846-1936), paper manufacturer and collector [more]. He was posing for Arrangement in Grey and Green: Portrait of J. J. Cowan (YMSM 402).

8.  My assistant
Possibly Harold W. Bromhead (b. ca 1869), art dealer, secretary of the Art Journal and of the Society of Graver Printers in Colour [more].

9.  P. S.
The P. S. is added by Thomson in the space at the top of p. 1.