The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08229
Date: [5 May 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Dear Sir -

Albums - The photographs have come to me from the Rue Chaptal[4] -

First - greatly disappointed at not seeing at least one Album entire - that I might judge of the complete effect - of Portfolio - cover - title - contents - motto & the whole get up -

Second - I don't understand at all the presence of the "Lange Leizen[5]", which it was agreed [p. 2] should not appear -

and I cannot understand the absence of the "Bognor[6]", which surely was one of the most important of the whole collection of pictures! -

Also I thought that the "Music Room[7]" was not to be in, and I forget at this moment what was to take its place -

Do kindly write a line tomorrow that I may have your letter on Sunday, and tell me about all this -

Otherwise I think the photographs are really very very satisfactory and the proofs as far as I have seen in signing them charming! -

Sarasate[8] - Of course I couldn't possibly do an etching - I would hate it! never could copy my own pictures!

If you ask Jacomb Hood[9] I think he could lend you a photograph of it - I ought to have the negative some where but fear it is lost -

However you might think out some thing and tell me -

Now one thing - How many "Albums" are you going [to] present me with for myself? [p. 3] And meanwhile can't you post me over one tomorrow? -

Very sincerely

J McN Whistler

[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
8 MAY. 93

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D. C. Thomson.
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] PARIS.80 / R. DU BAC / 8E 5 / MAI / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S.W. / K R / MY 6 / 93


1.  [5 May 1893]
Dated from postmark.

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

3.  ALS
'3C' was written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left, and '60' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and also on the envelope.

4.  Rue Chaptal
The Paris branch of Goupil's. The reference is to an album of photographs of paintings, mostly those shown at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892, published in 1893 by Goupil and Co. (Boussod, Valadon & Cie). JW had to sign the mounts with his butterfly and signature, and return them to London.

5.  Lange Leizen
Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47).

6.  Bognor
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100).

7.  Music Room
Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34).

8.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).

9.  Jacomb Hood
George Percy Jacomb Hood (1857-1929), genre painter and graver [more].