The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08252
Date: [21 July 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 Mr. Thomson -

I have done what I could to restore the pastel[4] for you - Really a most tiresome job, as you can well imagine, for me, who would far rather always paint you a new picture than patch up one that has suffered!

In future you had much better consult me before you buy "Whistlers" that have been knocking [p. 2] about unsigned! -

Besides which it grieves me so when anything happens to the smallest thing of mine - I want at once to put it in the fire when anything maimed or disfigured is brought to me - and this pastel you will remember was taken out of its box a wreck! The glass shivered to atoms and the frame broken! - I hope you have spoken to your packer.

However - I dare say it will be liked better than before!! -

Now I want you to give it into its owner's hands at once - without showing it to any[5] body - and without allowing it to stand about in your rooms at all - Do this for me as I have done what I could to please you in this matter -

How is business in town - you are not disposed to buy - watercolours for instance?... instead of always poking about to pick up old scraps that are, by [p. 3] chance, in odd corners! ? -

[butterfly signature]

[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
22 JUL. 93

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1.  [21 July 1893]
The date stamp for receipt of the letter is '22 July 1893', so it is likely that the letter was written on the day previous to this.

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

3.  ALS
'10C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left and '72' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.

4.  pastel
Venice (M.824).

5.  any
Triple underlined.