System Number: 08272
Date: [18 March 1894]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 18/1517-8
Document Type: ALS
[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY / SUCCESSORS BOUSSOD VALADON & CO. / 19 MAR. 94
110. Rue du Bac. Paris
Dear Mr Thomson -
Many thanks for your letter - Curiously enough I am in correspondence (!) with Alexander Ionides about another matter so that I can write and ask to borrow that picture for the Antwerp Exhibition - when he will have to tell me himself! So you need never say anything about your communication -
I must say I can never [p. 2] understand the ways of your "House" in their dealings with my pictures -
You buy the Battersea Bridge, and wise you are, in giving £400 - You ought certainly to get 1200 - at least -
And then you let the "Music Room" go under your nose for five or six pounds over some miserable price to which you were limited - thereby showing a vacilating [sic] state of mind as to your
intentions own faith in the real worth of the very picture for which you had yourselves been asking a thousand only a week or two before!! - Whereby the Goupils do me in the market (the only place where they could affect me at all) as much harm as they possibly can! -
Do write and tell me if Graham Robertson is in town - I have had no letter in answer to one I wrote to him wishing to borrow his pictures for Antwerp -
I wonder if Mr Alexander would lend? - !
It is very long since I have ever asked him - and this exhibition is very important -
I am glad to know that business is better in London - though I should never have dreamed of it - if you had not said so -
[p. 3] As to the Duret sale - I have heard others say that it is not likely to meet with good prices at all - It is scarcely the best moment - and I don't know that large sums are given for those particular "Masters"?. so that I fancy my little Nocturne will be lost as usual -
By the way - you know I have always the ["]Nocturne Blue & Silver" that I got through you - Also I have the "Fire Wheel " -
You don't say anything about the final intention as to the lithograph -
Now that you own the Battersea Bridge - will you not lend it for the Exhibition at Antwerp? - You might have as good a chance of selling it there as anywhere - & perhaps better for I understand that it is to be a very swell affair -
1. [18 March 1894]
Dated from Goupil's stamp on receipt.
'17C' was written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left, '91' in pencil at bottom right of p.1.
7. your House
The Goupil Gallery, Boussod, Valadon & Co.
10. Graham Robertson
Walford Graham Robertson (1867-1948), painter, designer and collector [more], agreed to lend, and JW thanked him for lending Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203) and Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73) (#09406).
15. Now that [...] affair -
'Now that ... affair' was written in the left margin of p. 3 at right angles to the main text.