System Number: 08237
Date: [16 February 1893]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS
110. Rue du Bac. Paris.
Dear Sir -
What I of course ought to have written to you about long ago, and what I quite forgot, is the matter of those shocking reproductions of the Gold Screen! - Why, of all the pictures choose that one, so difficult in itself to reproduce at all, so absolutely unfitted in every way [p. 2] as a representative work because of the impossibility of even hinting at its atmosphere on account of the false rendering of its colour in photography and consequent hard black & whiteness! -
Why not take anything else? How did it come about by the way that it was chosen? I don't remember your saying anything to me about it - and what possessed the people to turn it out in the absolutely damnable blues & violets! like the outside of a Spanish plum box or a case of Cuban cigars! gold tipped Colorados!! -
I am much interested in Mr. McColl's article -
Have you sent off to me, direct or through your house, the package or packages of pastels that were sent to you from Chelsea? - I am a little anxious because I have no news of them -
Did you send them perhaps to Joyant? who may have misunderstood, & thought they were for exhibition? and I dont want [p. 3] anyone to see them - Do let me know by return -
With many thanks
J McN Whistler
How about the "Sketch"?
[date stamp:] GOUPIL AND COMPANY / 17 FEB. 93 / SUCCESSORS / BOUSSOD VALADON AND CO.
1. [16 February 1893]
Dated from date stamp on receipt of letter ('17 FEB. 93'), which was probably a day later than the actual day of writing.
'44B' was written in an unknown hand in red at top left, and '51' in pencil at bottom left of p. 1.