The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08203
Date: [19 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. -

[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
19 MAY. 92

Dear Sir -

Leyland[4] - What are you going to do about this sale? I certainly think that you ought to try and get the "Princesse des pays de la Porcelaine[5]" - It is a beauty[6]! - and ought to be easy to place - In any case, even if you do not buy - you surely ought to see that the picture is properly competed for -

Write and tell me of any rumours you hear concerning this sale -

Album[7] - Some of the pictures of course do not photograph so well - because of the colour -

Upon the whole, I fancy it would be better & pay better to publish a smaller number - say from 25 - to 30 - and put the portfolio [p. 2] at 3. guineas - Probably you would sell, in this way, a great deal more than at Have you as yet seen the old covers? -

Business - The success here grows continually -

I enclose article from The Figaro[8] - that has made great sensation - What are you doing about this matter? - the studio[9] here is nearly complete - superb! -

Potter[10]. Has he paid his frame bill? and Richards[11] cleaning? I think this will be all right - He has written in very good spirit about the matter - It would be well to let me know who will pay, and who refuse -

Nocturne - Cremorne[12]. The large one that was sent down to Bond Street but not exhibited - I should like Richards to take all the varnish off - with great care and tenderness at once - and then leaving it unvarnished, (for me to paint upon) send it together with the other small ones[13] he has (which he was to clean and varnish) to Joyant[14] here, who will deliver them to me -

Yours truly

J McN. Whistler

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1.  19 May 1892
Dated from the date stamp.

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

3.  ALS
'31B' was written in red ink in an unknown hand at the top of p. 1.

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

5.  Princesse des pays de la Porcelaine
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50), sold at auction, London, Christie, 28 May 1892 (39) and bought for 420 gns by Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more], whom JW also encouraged to bid (see B. Whistler to A. Reid, [1 May] 1892, #11635).

6.  beauty
Double underlined.

7.  Album
An album of photographs selected from oils exhibited at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

8.  The Figaro
Reference not identified.

9.  studio
110 rue du Bac.

10.  Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more], had written to JW on 1 May, #05008.

11.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

12.  Nocturne - Cremorne
Possibly Cremorne, No. 1 (YMSM 163), Nocturne: Cremorne Gardens, No. 3 (YMSM 165) or Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Gardens (YMSM 166).

13.  small ones
Not identified.

14.  Joyant
Maurice Joyant (1864-1930), art dealer, manager of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more].