The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08359
Date: 1 March [1892][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
Document Type: ALS

Paris. 33. Rue de Tournon -

March 1. '1892'[3]

Dear Sir -

Posters[4] -

[poster design:]
Small Collection
Marines, & Chevalet Pieces
Mr Whistler
The Goupil Galleries
for three weeks only.
[butterfly signature]
Messrs Boussod, Valladon [sic] & Co.
'The Goupil Gallery'
116. 117. New Bond Street
Saturday. March. 19.

Send proof.

If you have this enlarged in exactly these proportions, you will then produce the most distinguished thing in Posters I have yet seen - The white appearance of the whole will be its characteristic -

- I have written them a letter which ought to bring the picture -
Send it at once to Richards[6] -

- Brown paper cover - as usual - Way[7] knows all about it - The two latest butterflies - exactly - one for outside, and smaller one for text if required -
Some rough edged paper for inside as usual -

[p. 2] Newspapers - Send cuttings - (Have you seen Mr. George Thomson[8]? - Pennell[9]?). Private) Points to be insisted upon - Small[10] collection - short time - Three weeks only -

- To devote his whole attention to this matter - and to be very[11] delicate in his handling - Not to clean ruthlessly - The varnishing to be beautifully done - Say that I rely upon his tact - and that if I am thoroughly satisfied, as I ought to be, I shall get him work in all these houses -

Carlyle[12] Yes - If they will lend him - The excuse might be that the New Gallery had been so ill mannered in their official conduct to the Corporation of Glasgow -

[p. 3, catalogue cover and page design[13]:]
[upper left:]
Catalogue Cover -
Marines & Chevalet Pieces
[butterfly signature]
J McNeill Whistler
Chelsea -

[upper right:]
First title page inside -
Small collection
Marine & Chevalet Pieces
Kindly loaned
Their Owners
[butterfly signature] Smaller Butterfly

[lower left:]
Messrs Boussod Valadon & Co.
The Goupil Galleries

[lower right:]
All type in Italics
as usual - Mr Way knows.

Very truly Yrs

J McN Whistler

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1.  1 March [1892]
The year date was added on document by D. C. Thomson.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He was organising Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

3.  '1892'
Pencil note in D. C.Thomson's hand.

4.  Posters
Designs for the catalogue 'Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces' (M.1329). The poster design is in a rectangular box.

5.  Leathart
James Leathart (1820-1895), collector [more]. He owned Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47).

6.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

7.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

8.  Mr. George Thomson
George Thomson, journalist [more].

9.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

10.  Small
'Small' and 'Three weeks only' are both double underlined.

11.  very
Double underlined.

12.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

13.  catalogue cover and page design
Designs for the catalogue 'Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces' (M.1329).