The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08385
Date: [7 November 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
Document Type: ALS[3]


'Recd - 8/11/95'

Dear Mr. Thomson -

We have just seen the Globe[5] - & are disgusted! - Why did they not print the letter? & if they would not, what right had they to use it as though it were a private communication to their own friendly ear?

The note by itself can only do harm, and greatly anger the Gentleman[6] who wrote it, by their heavy explanation of his indignation [p. 2] and sympathy, which is no longer put properly as the just feeling of the artist but the touchiness & partisanship of the collector who stands by what he has bought -

We are awfully disappointed - & shocked.

Moreover as usual in this way the plaint of the letter is explained away - It never was a question of the impossible harm to be done the picture[7] by the criticism - but on the contrary the point was to show the worthlessness of the criticism of a turncoat - & this was very clearly made patent.

J McN W.

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D. C. Thomson Esq.
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street -
London -
[postmark:] LYME·REGIS / D / NO 7 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S.W. / NO 8 / 95


1.  7 November 1895
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
'69C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left and '164' in pencil at bottom right of p.1 and also on the envelope.

4.  Private
Triple underlined.

5.  Globe
JW had expected a letter of protest to be published in the Globe; see his previous letter to Thomson, [6 November 1895], #08393.

6.  Gentleman
Possibly Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

7.  picture
Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408).