System Number: 08201
Date: [29 May 1892]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS
[Date stamp, in left margin:] GOUPIL AND COMPANY
31 MAY. 92
SUCCESSORS / BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
33. Rue de Tournon. Paris.
Dear Sir -
"Princesse" - I can see from the tone of your letter that you feel you have disgraced yourself in my eyes! -
Certainly however much I may wish to forgive you, I am sure that you will never excuse yourself - How could you let that splendid picture go for so ridiculous a sum and not either run up the price or secure it yourself? What did you [p. 2] risk! - Why even if not sure of Mr. Potter Palmer - whom I had written to you about - and who you knew wanted to buy
the a second picture after having already bought Mrs Coronio's, (I saw him here yesterday and he told me how sadly he wanted to have the Valparaiso Nocturne) even then if you had not relied upon him immediately, you knew that you, who are accustomed to investments, would have made a good one in the Princese! -
Well - thats all over - Now do kindly tell who did have the wit and the pluck to buy it? - You say there was only one other bidder - who was he? - Also who was it that bought Mr. Ionides 'Valparaiso'? You know I always like to know where my things go -
And now what did you do about the Peacock Room? Have you and Mr. George Thomson got very fine photographs all right? - I wrote to you immediately, as you wished, so that you had my letter the very next morning -
I wish you would write and tell me something about the sale - who were there - and what all was said -
Who got these by the way? -
When are you coming over here? Much might be settled [p. 3] in an hour's conversation - especially about the Whistler Album -
Please write tomorrow -
J McN. Whistler
I have been not as yet quite pleased with form of advertisement for Album and am thinking it out -
Also as I told you, I think it impossible to print the whole lot of the pictures, as several do not come out well in the Photographs -
However you are going to send me this second lot of proofs.
D. C. Thomson Esq.
116. 117. New Bond Street
[stamp:] [POSTE ... REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE]
[postmark:] PARIS-6 R. DE VAUGIRARD / [illegible]
1. 29 May 1892
Dated from the postmark.
'34' was written in red ink at the head, '38' in pencil at the end of p. 1 in unknown hands.
Mrs Leyland (M.545), Sketch of a girl (Miss Florence Leyland) (M.530), Elinor Leyland (M.514), The Blue Dress (M.468), Three Girls (M.362), Paintings at Speke Hall (M.424) (Christie's, London, 28 May 1892, lots 1-6, 109).