System Number: 05819
Date: 27 April 1895
Author: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T164
Document Type: ALS
THE GOUPIL GALLERY
[royal coat of arms]
BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
5, REGENT STREET, S. W.
TELEGRAMS, BOUSSOD, LONDON.
April 27. 1895
Dear Mr Whistler,
We are sending the portrait in oil you left here a couple of months ago. I [p. 2] had it tied up at the time & it has not been seen by any one but me.
In the same case is the little drawing with a pen & ink remark on the second glass.
We are writing to the N. Y. Herald, stating price of drawing.
I shall try to find out who bought H. Penningtons portrait of Wilde.
Pennell bought a drawing of yours for one shilling. There was a lot of [p. 3] stuff in a fireplace. Among them J. P. say[s] a drawing of yours - I do not know what it was - in a passepartout with broken glass. J. P. is said to have asked the auctioneer 'How much will you take for that' - What do you offer said the man selling - One shilling said J. P. & the auctioneer say all right - Do you remember Joey B. in Vanity Fair?
Such is the story being told. The man who told me said J. P. told him.
[p. 4] I send you the Catalogue of to-days collection here. You will see R A. M. Stevensons remarks on your picture
With my kind regards to Mrs Whistler who I hope is pretty well
D. C. Thomson
4. portrait in oil
7. H. Penningtons
Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington (1854-1920), artist [more]. [z0339] was also sold at the enforced auction of goods belonging to Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde (1854-1900), writer, critic and playwright [more].
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more]. The drawing he bought at the sale organised by Bullock, London, 24 April 1895, has not been identified, although Sketch of a Lady (M.1430) was lot 123.
9. Vanity Fair
Novel by William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), novelist and writer on art [more], first published in monthly numbers, January 1847- June 1848. There is no character called 'Joey B'; however, Chapter XVII describes the bankruptcy auction of John Sedley, conducted by Mr Hammerdown. A painting of Joseph (Joe) Sedley on an elephant is 'knocked down for half a guinea' and bought by Becky Sharpe and her husband Rawdon Crawley.