System Number: 08340
Date: [13 April 1892]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection PWC 3
Document Type: ALS
33. Rue de Tournon. Paris -
Dear Sir -
Owners - Will write as you suggest -
Mr. Chapman. Arrives in Paris today or tomorrow. and I understand will most probably do as I wish - Wherefore send me, by return, the outside measurement of the frames of No 16. (Nocturne Chelsea Snow) - and No 24 (Bognor). that I may give them to the hanging Committee of the Champs de Mars.
Mrs Peter Taylor. No. 15. (The Ocean) I want the outside measurement of this picture too - Also of Mrs Leylands No 9 (Nocturne Blue & Silver) - Also, Mr Potter's No 21. (Blue Wave. Biarritz). Also - No 33. (The little White Girl) Also No. 6 (Trafalgar Square - A Moore) This last I think you might yourself ask Mr Moore to let you send over - I am sure that as my old friend he would be pleased to let you do [so] -
Huth I will write -
Catalogues - I suppose you are right - and that for the moment we may let them alone -
The Duke of M. - I wrote to yesterday and have this morning received the letter which I enclose for your private perusal - Of course you will say nothing about having seen it - and you will [p. 2] return it to me - but it will show you how the land lies - You can say that these full lengths are now valued at 2000 - and then you can propose that doubtless I would however paint the two portraits for 3000. gs.
In short you have carte blanche to make some proposal that shall turn out well.
This matter is entirely between ourselves and I should not think of using your time and tact unless you will allow me to recognise them as I should had I anyone else to manage such business for me -
Telegrams - I have received your answer. All right about The Lady Meux picture - they want it here - and there is no use troubling her further about it as she promised from the beginning that I should have it for Paris -
The Fur Jacket, I thought I had explained in my previous letter is to go to Münich - Mr Ullrich whom I saw here for the Committee, told me that they would send for it - Of course the Government pays for all that they transport - and also insure everything - so that I am to have no expense -
[p. 3] Easter - I hope you will have a pleasant holliday - You certainly deserve one -
Don't you think that before you go, you might pay any monies you have for me into my account at Messrs Drummond tomorrow?
Album . I am most anxious to see the proofs - and wonder how the Lange Leizen would come out with all the Yellow - . The photograph of the Portrait of my Mother might be the one already taken hereby Boussod & Valladon [sic] - Have you sold any copies? - How do the Nocturnes come out? -
I think this is all for the moment - Have you seen Mr Sickert? He has never sent me his article -
With best wishes
Very truly Yrs
J McN Whistler
? Do you know if Burlington House was further compromised? -
Reproductions of Carlyle - This was done by the Pall Mall Gazette - Mr George Thompson would tell you all about them - I wish you would tell Mr Paton that I have one framed for him all right but what with much travelling etc. it has been delayed - however [p. 4] he shall have it directly -
[date stamp:] GOUPIL AND COMPANY
14 APR. 92
SUCCESSORS / BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
D. C. Thomson. Esq.
116. 117. New Bond Street
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 15
[postmarks x 3:] PARIS-6 R. DE VAUGIRARD / E1 13 / AVRIL / 92 [on verso: 2 illegible postmarks:] Private
1. [13 April 1892]
Dated from the postmark.
'3' was written in red ink at the head of p.1 and on the envelope, '29' also on envelope, and '29' at the end of p.1 in pencil, in unknown hands.
13. Messrs Drummond