The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08375
Date: 23 October [1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 18/1597
Document Type: ALS[3]

Royal Lion - Lyme Regis -
Dorset -

Oct 23.

Now Thomson! my dear Mr Thomson!

It isn't fair is it to spoil the look of my little guineas! - What do you think?

Look here you have a splendid affair in the "Cottages[4]" - and dont you be in a hurry about it - You will certainly sell it when your American Clients [p. 2] come over for four or five hundred at least - and if you keep it long enough for more -

The little "Bathers[5]" - "Blue & Silver" - I think will be very much liked - and a good thing -

Only I have as you know not much sympathy with the house in Paris! They dont know how to look at these things - and they show them abominably - - You say nothing about my frames! - Can't you have them done?

Also have you not seen my Carmen[6]? - It is a beauty - and when two or three years have gone over it the people will begin to see it - like all the rest -

I am sure that my wife[7] would be pleased greatly to see Mrs. Thomson[8] & the two fair bairns - if she be well enough! - ! - Will you call and ask her when?


[butterfly signature]

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D. C. Thomson - Esq -
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
London -
[stamp x 2:] [POSTAGE AND REVENUE]
[postmark:] LYME REGIS / D / OC23 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / 5.15 AM / OC 24 / 95


1.  23 October [1895]
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
'55C' iswritten in another hand in red ink at top left, and '157' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and also on the envelope.

4.  Cottages
Green and Silver: The Devonshire Cottages (YMSM 266).

5.  Bathers
Violet and Blue: The Little Bathers, Pérosquérié (YMSM 382).

6.  Carmen
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441).

7.  wife
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

8.  Mrs. Thomson
Alice Mary Thomson (d. 1928), née Halton, wife of D. C. Thomson [more]. 'Mrs. Thomson ... signature]' is written in the left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.