The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 05795
Date: 12 December 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T140
Document Type: ALS

[Royal coat of arms]

Dec. 12th 1893

Dear Mr Whistler,

I was much occupied yesterday & could only find time to write to catch the post to say the letter[2] had been sent to the 'St James.' It appears to-day & we send you a copy. It is signed by the firm as this is in accordance with our "public utterances". Should any reply appear - which is doubtful - [p. 2] we shall send you a copy. I do not know the critic but he is evidently as intelligent as the rest. For instance one would think a Meissonier[3] fairly [easy?] to recognise in its way; but this past week "the largest circulation in the world" said a drawing of his was doubtful & it is a well known piece from the [Secretare?] sale


I am anxious to hear if any decision favourable to us has been come to about the 'Songs in Stone[4]'. No doubt Mr. Webb[5] will tell us if it is so.

[p. 3] With reference to the Litho for the A. Journal, I think the one with the Dome[6] (St Genevieve?) would be quite suitable unless you have done one of the Roofs of Paris[7]. I have an idea that the latter subject would come splendidly.

As I said before for a transfer to Stone you retaining all the proofs the Art Journal would be very willing to pay £10 & as times are difficult with such publications I do not want to make it [p. 4] more if I can help it. I must leave it to you to decide.

- If you could kindly send one of the sets of the first lithographs for which cheque has been sent we shall be very glad

Yours very truly


D. C. Thomson

J. McN. Whistler Eq

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

2.  letter
Written by JW for D. C. Thomson, [10 December 1893?], #08287, for publication in St James's Gazette, 12 December 1893.

3.  Meissonier
Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891), painter, sculptor and illustrator [more]; his estate sale ('vente Meisonnier') was held in 1893.

4.  Songs in Stone
Songs on Stone (excat 19). There was some question of publishing JW's lithographs through W. Heinemann or through the Goupil Gallery.

5.  Mr. Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

6.  Dome
Possibly The Pantheon, from the terrace of the Luxembourg Gardens (C.70).

7.  Roofs of Paris
The lithograph finally chosen was Nursemaids: 'Les Bonnes du Luxembourg' (C.81), which was published in The Art Journal, vol. 46, no. 120, Dec. 1894; see #03365.