System Number: 08265
Date: [27-28 April 1894]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 18/1523-5
Document Type: ALS
110 Rue du Bac. Paris
Dear Mr Thomson -
How are things? -
I don't think I like your head of the "House"!! & in any case I am not going to let them have a vulgar reproduction from this swell picture in the midst of what I told him is the "venerable" text of Monsieur Yriate! - It was for the "Figaro Salon" they wanted it! - Indeed I have [p. 2] other plans - and probably you will hear of them -
Ever since the pictures have been sent in to the Champs de Mars the weather has been simply devilish - blowing & raining all the while - or I might have taken a slight rest by a little light work out of doors -
Could you do anything with a pretty little panel of something like a bit of Paris? - a corner of street? - or little Luxembourg? - or something, say at £105? -
Could you place a couple of water colours of the same kind at about 80 guineas a piece - or £150 - the two? -
By the way you have that little oil painting of the green field, with a sloop in the docks? - It still has on the frame the title in French: "La Shaloupe" [sic] - You are not doing anything with it - and it had better come over to me again -
What has become of Grau? Don't you remember Grau the framemaker? You have his address. Someone said, I think, that he had given up though.
I was thinking that if I sometime were to send two or three little panels and had not sufficient frames at the moment you could have them framed over there? -
After all though, perhaps "things" are not yet in a condition in London - I am judging from the fact that notwithstanding all the success of the sea pieces at the Grafton, the price seemed to be too much - and I had only proposals that were altogether too low - ridiculous! -
Write me a line.
[p. 3] Very sincerely
J McN Whistler
Just received your letter - I shall be very pleased to have a good reproduction of the portrait of the Comte in the Art Journal - But it ought to be done exactly like the one of Carlyle in the P. M. Budget - Do look it up with your namesake George Thomson.
Who do you propose to write the text? We don't want any Wedmores or Spielmans or Claude Philips - Why not write to Mr Whibley? He is staying in Paris just now, & his address is
Hotel de France et Lorraine.
Rue de Beaune.
Get him to do it -
[Sketch of the portrait of Montesquiou] Of course this publication in the Art Journal, in no way touches the copyright.
D. C. Thomson
The Goupil Galleries.
5. Regent Street.
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[postmark:] PARIS 80 / R[UE] DU BAC / 5E 29 / AVRIL / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / VB / AP 30 / 94
1. [27-28 April 1894]
Although the postmark reads '29 April 1894', JW's mention of 'Saturday' as evidently being the second day of writing this letter dates the letter to 27-28 April.
'23C' was written in red ink at top left, and '93' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.
Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac (YMSM 398), which was eventually reproduced in Anon., 'Art and Mr. Whistler,' The Art Journal, vol. 46, no. 120, December 1894, pp. 358-361.
7. Figaro Salon
Special illustrated edition of Le Figaro.
8. Champs de Mars
4th Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1894.
10. "La Shaloupe"
Fr., 'la chaloupe', ship's boat.
12. sea pieces
At Fair Women, Grafton Galleries, London, 1894.
16. Wedmores or [...] Mr Whibley
Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921), art critic [more], Marion Henry Alexander Spielmann (1858-1948), journalist and writer on art [more], Claude Phillips (1846-1924), barrister, journalist and art critic [more], and Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more].
17. The reproduction [...] copyright
'The reproduction ... copyright' was written at right angles to the rest of the text in the left margin.
18. less margin -
To the right of this paragraph is a sketch of a page with the painting in the centre with a large margin around it.