System Number: 08205
Date: 2 May 1892
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS
33. Rue de Tournon. Paris -
May 2 - 1892.
Dear Sir -
I have received your telegram - and hope the Fire wheel will be here all right by tomorrow night - or Wednesday morning - Also doubtless Mr J. J. Shannon will kindly lend you his Sea Piece - which even if it leaves tomorrow would still be here to be hung before Friday -
Photographs - Arrived all right - My first impression of their appearance is upon the whole a good one - One or two however want slight retouching - and some are much too dark in printing -
I should think indeed that with more time and good light better proofs of many might be obtained -
There is a much finer proof of Mr Potters little White Girl, at my brother's - Dr. Whistler, 17. Wimpole St. Borrow it - and I have no doubt that Mr Potter will let you have the picture again so that you can at once take another photo. of the same size as Dr. Whistlers - for that negative is lost - Also you ought to get a better photo. of Mr. Potters "Nocturne Cremorne lights" - The present one is entirely to [sic] murky and dark - It might also be smaller -
His Blue Wave on the other hand is beautiful -
The Lady Meux ought to give a sharper result -
The Carlyle should be much fairer in the printing -
The Music Room - ought to be done again . - Smaller - It is an early work and comes out too hard - As you have the picture you can take it at leisure -
Mr Orchars Nocturne, has a blemish - white spot, by [p. 2] the boats - this ought to be got rid of in the negative -
Indeed the Portraits all are too hard and purple black - They ought to be fairer and more golden brown -
The two firework picture[s] are marvellous! - and are wonderful proof of the completeness of those works.
Album - Now what about the get up of all this? - Of course the mounts will be of much finer quality - They ought to look like hand made mounts - the whole thing ought to be luxurious in its appointment - even if the price be higher - It should certainly not have a poor cheap appearance -
Graves . You are now in complete error as to the royalty you believe you are to pay him - I thought I had written to you telling you of Mr Algernon Graves' visit to me in Paris, and that he entirely withdraws all claim whatsoever - We are not to give him one penny -
I cannot at this moment enter into all the details of the conversation - but you may simply accept the fact. There is never to be a question about it again - for this I have his word -
I wish you would write me more in detail of all that you have thought about the form of publication -
You ought to get an old portfolio from Huish or the Dowdeswells (on your own hook!) that I brought out with the Venice Etchings - that would give you a starting point - Of course I should improve upon the original -
This must go at once.
Yours very truly
J. McN. Whistler
A selection of photographs of the oils that had been shown at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.
5. much finer
8. same size
London art dealers.
Mr Whistler's Etchings of Venice, 1880 (the first 'Venice Set') (K. 183-189, 191-195). (excat 5), or A Set of twenty-six etchings of Venice, 1886 (the second 'Venice set') (K.196-216, 233-237). (excat 6).