System Number: 05792
Date: 21 November 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T137
Document Type: ALS
THE GOUPIL GALLERY
[Royal coat of arms]
BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
5, REGENT STREET, S. W.
TELEGRAMS, BOUSSOD, LONDON.
Nov. 21st 1893.
Dear Mr Whistler,
Yes they have sent 'La chaloupe' with a note stating it was not an aquarelle 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 & this 'Chaloupe' confuses me. You might ask to see M. Etienne Boussod for he is the best man for you.
Sir W. E. 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 of course.
My assistant 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. I go to Glasgow tomorrow for some days
147 Wellington St
9. P. S.
The P. S. is added by Thomson in the space at the top of p. 1.