The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08244
Date: [16/20 June 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.

Dear Mr Thomson.

The pastel[4] arrived and happily was opened at my studio by the man from your Paris house who brought it -

The glass was all broken to bits! - and I believe this was certainly the fault of the packing - However the drawing itself escaped though the frame was broken - But now I should like to know the history of the pastel itself? for [p. 2] in the first place I doubt if it were one of those exhibited with the Venice series at all - It seems to me more likely to have been one of the discarded ones that may have afterwards found its way out of the studio - how I don't know. In any case one thing is certain - it has been touched up by somebody else -

There is a certain passage in the sky of an abominable and crude colour not by me!

What to do I don't know - I will try and [...][5] you[6] had better show the above - & mind that Mr Hamilton McClure[7] sees it! - I fancy I have completely wiped up Mr Sheridan Ford[8] here! What do you think? -

[butterfly signature]

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1.  [16/20 June 1893]
This is a reply to D. C. Thomson's letter of 14 June 1893, #05782.

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

3.  ALS
'76C' was written in another hand in red ink in the top left corner; '171' is in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.

4.  pastel
Venice (M.824); the owner, Andrew Muir (ca 1837-1900?), Russia merchant and collector [more], wrote indignantly to Thomson on 14 June 1893 that the pastel had been in his possession, untouched, since he had bought it at Venice Pastels, The Fine Art Society, London, 1881 (#04197).

5.  [...]
There appears to be a page (or pages) missing from the letter at this point.

6.  you
'you ... [signature]' is written in the left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text. A page of the letter appears to be missing.

7.  Mr Hamilton McClure
JW meant John McClure Hamilton (1853-1936), artist [more].

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