The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08234
Date: [9 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

'May 9. 93.'

Dear Mr. Thomson -

Do you think the cutting enclosed from Pall Mall (May 6)[4] was written by Sheridan Ford[5]?.

It has a certain twang and is of that assumed jauntiness that has always betrayed him since his piracy business! - also a certain foolish inconsequence and muddle that smells of our friends whisky! - In any case find this out for me - but without drawing attention -

You will see that we now have the man in his true character of simple swindler - and I send you copies of the affidavits[6] which you will show wherever you think it worth while -

I must send copies to the Glasgow Art Club[7] - for he used to frequent the place - so do give [p. 2] me the proper address & particulars -

I have had Ford kicked out of the Galignani's Paper[8] - and it is well that such a scoundrel should be couped up altogether if possible -

I cannot understand about the Album[9] business - Surely you had my letter[10] - Perhaps you have not had time to answer yet - though the matter presses - I mean about the absence of the Bognor[11] & presence of Lange Leizen -

Many thanks about the Ruskin[12] -

Do let me hear from you -

Also about Sarasate[13] -

You might get photograph taken - size of Dame au Brodequin jaune - or Rosa Corder[14] -

Go to Richards[15] at once[16] and have it done tomorrow -

yours truly

J McN Whistler


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To - D. C. Thomson. Esq
Goupil Galleries -
5. Regent Street -
[postmark:] PARIS / R. DE CHOISEUL / 9 MAI / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W / VB / MY 10 / 93


1.  [9 May 1893]
Dated from postmark; also dated in an unknown hand in pencil on p. 1.

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

3.  ALS
'4C' is written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left, and '61' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and on the envelope.

4.  Pall Mall (May 6)
'Country Cousin' to the Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, [6 May 1893], #12658.

5.  Sheridan Ford
Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more].

6.  affidavits
Affidavits regarding the activities of S. Ford and Mary Bacon Ford, née Martin, art agent [more]; see #03220, #01466 and #00144.

7.  Glasgow Art Club
JW sent the affidavits through Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more], to the Glasgow Art Club, 3 June 1893, #05154.

8.  Galignani's Paper
Sheridan Ford wrote for a while for the English language newspaper Galignani's Messenger. For further information on JW's forcing of Ford from the Galignani's Messenger, see #09288.

9.  Album
A selection of photographs of oil paintings, mostly those exhibited in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. See Thomson's letter of 9 May 1893, #05777.

10.  letter
JW to Thomson, 5 May 1893, #08229.

11.  Bognor
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100) and Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47).

12.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more]; see Thomson's letter of 6 May 1893, #05776.

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

14.  Dame au Brodequin jaune
Arrangement in Black: La Dame au brodequin jaune - Portrait of Lady Archibald Campbell (YMSM 242).

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

16.  at once
Triple underlined.