The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08200
Date: [6 May 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS[3]

33. Rue de Tournon. Paris.

Dear Sir -

Many thanks for letter[4] - Glad you are back -

Business - What you have done has been perfect - I am absorbed in the superb studio[5] now getting ready for me -

Portraits. You might make arrangements for them to come to me here -

Champs de Mars[6]. My success complete - all along the line! - This morning's Figaro - first article Whistler first mentioned after the President Puvis de Chavanne[7]!

[p. 2] Lady Meux[8] picture enormous success! Also the Nocturnes Marines[9] etc. - - I send you cutting from Figaro - you ought to have it into English for some papers tomorrow that it may continue the assertion made in your Galleries - and add to effect of "The Voice of a People[10]" - This voice of another People! -

Ruskin[11] - Will see to those volumes at once -

Album. Certainly it ought to do beautifully - Don't know who made portfolios for the other - Can't you get anything out of little Brown - or Mr Huish[12]! -

Am glad you are going to alter some of negatives - my former letter is full of details to guide you -

Certainly do the little White Girl[13] over again - I am sure Mr Potter[14] will be all right - I have had very nice letters from him - Mr Chapman[15] has behaved shockingly -

You might ask Mr. Heinemann[16] - 21 Bedford Street Covent Garden - (you know he published The Gentle Art[17]) to give you the address of the people who bound the book -

He would be delighted to do anything to help us in this matter - (I mean Mr Heinemann -) and could perhaps tell you one or two things as to price of binding. etc etc

News. Tell me anything of the other shows etc!! - Also R. A. matters - They must be shocking I hear -

Affairs - The superb success here - on the top of the heroic kick in Bond Street, must I should think from your point of view, open up amazing prospect in the way of prices etc!! portraits! etc - -

But besides portraits the other kind of pictures I wrote to you about I should think you could do great things with - Don't miss, for mischief's sake, [p. 3] rubbing the Figaro - into the scribbling lot over there! -

Very truly Yrs

J. McN. Whistler

7 MAY. 92

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D. C. Thomson Esq.
Goupil Gallery .
116. 117. New Bond St.
[postmark:] PARIS / RUE BONAPARTE / 6E 6 / MAI / 92
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W / V 7 / MY7 / 92


1.  6 May 1892
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
'29B' was written in red ink at the top, and '33' at the foot of p.1 in pencil; and '29B' and '33' on the envelope, in unknown hands.

4.  letter

5.  studio
At 110 rue du Bac.

6.  Champs de Mars
2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.

7.  President Puvis de Chavanne
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898), painter [more].

8.  Lady Meux
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229).

9.  Nocturnes Marines
Paintings exhibited in his London exhibition, Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

10.  The Voice of a People
JW used this phrase on a preliminary page of his Goupil exhibition catalogue (see above); taken from Samuel 8:7: 'And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.'

11.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]; JW had been lent a copy of Ruskin's Modern Painters, London, 1843-1860.

12.  Brown and Mr Huish
Ernest George Brown (1853 or 1854-1915), assistant manager at the Fine Art Society [more], and Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

13.  White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52). Thomson was to publish a set of photographs of JW's paintings.

14.  Mr Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

15.  Mr Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

16.  Mr. Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

17.  Gentle Art
Whistler, James McNeill, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 2nd ed., London and New York, 1892.