The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08201
Date: [29 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]

[Date stamp, in left margin:] GOUPIL AND COMPANY
31 MAY. 92

33. Rue de Tournon. Paris.

Sunday -

Dear Sir -

"Princesse[4]" - 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[5] - 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[6], (I saw him here yesterday and he told me how sadly he wanted to have the Valparaiso Nocturne[7]) 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[8] - who was he? - Also who was it that bought Mr. Ionides 'Valparaiso'[9]? You know I always like to know where my things go -

And now what did you do about the Peacock Room[10]? Have you and Mr. George Thomson[11] 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 -

What were those drawings[12] by me? - They must have been mere scraps, probably dropped about or thrown away - for the late Mr. Leyland[13] never bought any drawing of mine -

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.

This document is protected by copyright.


D. C. Thomson Esq.
Goupil Galleries
116. 117. New Bond Street
London -
[postmark:] PARIS-6 R. DE VAUGIRARD / [illegible]


1.  29 May 1892
Dated from the postmark.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. This is a reply to #05742.

3.  ALS
'34' was written in red ink at the head, '38' in pencil at the end of p. 1 in unknown hands.

4.  Princesse
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

5.  Mr. Potter Palmer
Potter Palmer (1826-1902), collector [more].

6.  Mrs Coronio's
Aglaia Coronio (1834-1906), née Ionides, wife of George Coronio [more].

7.  Valparaiso Nocturne
Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

8.  bidder
Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

9.  Mr. Ionides 'Valparaiso'
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more], owned Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76).

10.  Peacock Room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

11.  Mr. George Thomson
George Thomson, journalist [more].

12.  drawings
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).

13.  Mr. Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].