The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08363
Date: [9 August 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
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Dear Mr Thomson -

I am much obliged to you for the report of Mr Tadema's lecture[4] - It has been attended to -

Whenever you come upon any thing you think interesting do send it to me at once - In this case, even though you put it off, your enclosure was the first account of that mad evening that I saw! -

I have received [p. 2] your post card, and note 300 gs. as the price of "Sea & Rain[5]" - Do they call it a Nocturne in the Speaker[6]? - No do you know I am afraid they don't - for I have just looked at it - The picture is called a Sea piece -

Now what are you asking for Chapman's[7] pictures? -

The Snow Nocturne[8]? - and what others have you got?

Is he selling you the Bognor[9]? -

Is it all right about the Sarasate[10] photograph? -

Well what do [you] think about the Eden case[11] as far as it has got? -

Pleasant the Baronet all [sic] so having to pay my costs as well as his own!

The original case, doesn't [p. 3] come now until after the holidays! - "vacances[12]"

How is business?

[butterfly signature]


[p. 1] You tell me nothing of Mr A. Ionides? Did you give him my message!

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D. C. Thomson - Esq -
Goupil Galleries -
5. Regent Street
London -
[postmark:] PARIS. 80 / R. DU BAC / 2E [1] 0 / AOUT / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / [...] AU 10 / 95

[inside flap of envelope:] MAQUET / 10, RUE DE LA PAIX, PARIS


1.  9 August 1895
Dated from the postmark.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

3.  ALS
'61C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left, and '143' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and also on the envelope.

4.  Mr Tadema's lecture
A lecture to South Kensington art students by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), painter [more]. JW's letter on the subject was published in the Pall Mall Gazette, 9 August 1895 (see #10852, #07527).

5.  Sea & Rain
Sea and Rain (YMSM 65).

6.  Speaker
George Moore (1852-1933), novelist and art critic [more], who had written that Sea and Rain (YMSM 65) was 'a rare bargain' at £300: Moore, George, 'The End of the Season', Speaker, 27 July 1895, p. 98. See JW's letter to D. C. Thomson, [6 August 1895], #08301.

7.  Chapman's
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

8.  Snow Nocturne
Nocturne: Trafalgar Square - Snow (YMSM 173).

9.  Bognor
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100).

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

11.  Eden case
JW won his appeal against the original judgement in the Eden v Whistler case, brought over a dispute over possession of Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).

12.  vacances
Fr., holidays.