The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 08443
Date: [October 1897][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]

Dear Mr Thomson -

The Art Journal[4] in question has at last arrived - and upon the whole I will take the occasion to forgive you! -

Why you must acknowledge that the reproductions of most the paintings are of the very poorest order [p. 2] in short .. vile! -

You have had such good ones before. Why miss it in this Jubilee[5] time?

[butterfly signature]

Has then Heseltine[6] sold my "studio" to "Douglas Freshfield[7]"? Write and tell me -

'Recd. 22/3/00[8]'

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1.  [October 1897]
Although a note at the foot of the letter reads 'Recd. 22/3/00', the reference to the Jubilee and an article indicate a date of 1897, and this is confirmed by the reference to the sale of a picture (see below).

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

3.  ALS
'92C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left, and '204' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1. The paper has a deep mourning border.

4.  Art Journal
Thomson, David Croal, 'New Pictures by Mr. Whistler,' Art Journal, vol. 59, January 1897, pp. 10-13.

5.  Jubilee
Double underlined. It was the sixtieth year of Queen Victoria's reign.

6.  Heseltine
John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), accountant, amateur etcher, collector of prints and drawings [more].

7.  Douglas Freshfield
Douglas William Freshfield (b. 1845), barrister, explorer and collector [more], bought Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63) in October 1897.

8.  Recd. 22/3/00
Written in another hand in the bottom right corner. This must be a mistake, possibly based on an envelope that does not in fact belong to this letter.