System Number: 08342
Date: [11 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
Your letter - received - excellent -
My letters - Of course too late for morning delivery - hoped still you might have had them during the day -
Exhibition. It became of late quite clear to me that the Goupil House, here, had no understanding whatever of this matter - And that it consequently could not have been carried out here in the superbly successful way that alone could reward the effort I should again be called upon to make - In short I should have missed you as Aide de Camp - and without your rapid appreciation and great power for immediate action - your rare sense of the refinement of treatment brought to bear upon the smallest detail, which gave you the implicit faith without which I could [p. 2] never have accomplished anything - far less the splendid triumph,
of which you say will long be remembered in Bond Street - without all this then - I felt that it were hopeless as an undertaking -
Catalogues. I dont think I would let the people suppose that there were no more just yet - Of course you are the best judge - I should have thought perhaps another 250 - but will take your advice - Have you no orders from America? - or elsewhere? -
Portraits - Have written to the Duke of M. - to say that all details of price etc etc are managed for me by you. I mean you Personally - not the Goupils - but Mr. Thomson - He will therefore doubtless write to you - Will you not undertake this for me in this case privately? - The other commissions coming through the house [p. 3] are another matter -
I must again run off to the post.
Pictures for Salon Champs de Mars - See yesterdays letter -
Mr Matterson Sea piece - Yes - Send in new frame - glass & all -
Lady Meux also with glass -
D. C. Thomson. Esq.
The Goupil Gallery
116, 117. New Bond Street -
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 15
[postmarks x 3:] PARIS-6 R. DE VAUGIRARD / E11 12 / AVRIL / 92
[postmark on verso:] LONDON / B A / AP 13 / 92 [postmark on verso:] LONDON E C / A / AP 15 92 / A A
'AP. 13. 1892' was written in pencil at the top right corner of p. 1, and '4' in the top left corner; '000' was added on the envelope, and '4', in unknown hands.
JW had hoped an exhibition in Paris might follow the successful London show, Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.