System Number: 08233
Date: [12 May 1893]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS
110 Rue du Bac
Dear Mr Thomson -
Well - in the first place thanks for your letter this morning which I read with great interest -
Then about the portfolio - For Heavens sake never send any parcel by this route again! There are endless formalities - and I had to go myself all across Paris and sign endless papers [p. 2] that took up a whole morning - This was my fault I know - for I hurried you - However it will always be better to send everything through your house -
Now - I am afraid I am rather disappointed. The Album was unfortunately badly packed and was all creased and even torn by a nail in the case! -
As to the cover - I think it a little flimsy - in any case I would have a yellow ribbon on the two end flaps so that they at least may tie together. [sketch of Album] That may do something towards strengthening the whole -
Then the title and contents ought not to be on one folded sheet - Each should be separate - I would cut the present sheet in two - [sketch of two separate pages]
[p. 3] In signing the proofs I find considerable difference in their condition - There is no doubt that the negatives have given most remarkably beautiful proofs - If you only sift them out and insist upon it you can have perfect collections - At present some of the Carlyles are too pale - and some of the Valparaiso Crepuscules are too black -
Otherwise seriously I think when they are seen they will be a success -
Very sincerely yours
J McN Whistler
[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY / SUCCESSORS / BOUSSOD VALADON & CO / 13 MAY. 93
1. [12 May 1893]
Dated from the date stamp of receipt, which probably represents the day after the actual writing of this letter.
'5xC' written in another hand in red ink at top left and '63' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.
A selection of photographs of oil paintings, mostly those exhibited in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. It was in brown paper with gold lettering.
Goupil Gallery (Boussod, Valadon & Cie).