The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08305
Date: [11 July 1895[1]]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3/10
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Dear Mr. Thomson -

Be good enough to say to Mr McCulloch[4] with my compliments that the picture[5] is signed - as completely as one of his own cheques is signed when he has written his name upon it. -

If, not content with that, he be ever asked to print it in the "bottom right hand corner", the nature of his own request to me, may become clear to him! -

I have, as you know, my own [p. 2] feelings about these purchases -

That Mr. Ionides[6] should ask 700. for the work for which he gave me fifty pounds, is monstrous shamelessness - and you can tell him so from me. What right has he or any of these others to make one penny out of my brain & my battle! -

Also I am not at all pleased at Mr McCullochs having bought the portrait - as I don't want a single canvass of mine to remain in England -

At the time of your approaching Mr Studd[7] on behalf of some people who wanted to buy the "Little White Girl[8]" for the National Portrait Gallery - I at once wrote to him and begged that if the picture ever left his family, he would promise never to leave it to any Gallery in England -

The Louvre is good enough for me -

The "Sarasate[9]" I would send you, for you are in relation with Americans -

but it is too late - as I have already entered into other arrangements, and can do nothing -

When are you coming over? I suppose Kennedy[10] has told you about the spurious Water colour[11] - and what I wrote on the back -

Very sincerely Yrs

[butterfly signature]

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D. C. Thomson. Esq
The Goupil Gallery -
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] [PARIS-80] / R. DU BAC / 7E 11 / JUIL / 95
[postmark on verso:] [...] JY 12 / 95 [...]


1.  11 July 1895
Dated from postmark.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. This is a reply to #05822.

3.  ALS
'59C' written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left; '139A' in pencil at the bottom right of p.1, and also on the envelope. A scan of the original may be seen on the Library of Congress website 'American Memory', in the 'Words and Deeds' collection (

4.  Mr McCulloch
George McCulloch (1848-1907), collector [more].

5.  picture
Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter (YMSM 122).

6.  Mr. Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

7.  Mr Studd
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

8.  Little White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52).

9.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).

10.  Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

11.  Water colour
Not identified.