System Number: 11653
Date: [28-29 January 1893]
Recipient: Helen Euphrosyne Whistler
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 246
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS
110. Rue du Bac - Paris.
My dear Nellie -
Have you seen the little picture since Thomson has had it in Bond Street? He has made quite an Exhibition of it - and as to the papers! I don't think I ever had such a success!
Have you not seen them? - no end of cuttings have come over to us - and now they are going to reproduce the painting in the Pall Mall Budget - so you must be [p. 2] on the look out for it -
Thomson writes me that there is someone nibbling already - but he is not sure of him - The price I told him to ask was £500 - out of which he was to have ten per cent -
I shall take it away from him soon, if he does not manage the business, and send it from Paris (where I should have it backed on Mahogany panel) to New York where it is sure to sell - especially [p. 3] after all the hurrah that it has made in London - It certainly has made a great stir in the place this time -
Do tell us any news you have about it - and about everything -
Have you seen the Sickerts? -
We are in the house at last - and very lovely it is - The weather was awfully cold when we got back - but thank heavens! it gives way now - and today was like a warm spring morning - How are you all? -
I think I must let Trixie finish this and send it off for I must run away to the studio - write us a line and send us anything [p. 4] you see about the picture - I have got the Nocturne that was Luke's!!! - It is a beauty! and he was an idiot! - I wish you would find out what he gave me for it? - I think it was twenty pounds -
Sunday - 29th
This didn't get off after all - so I can just add a line to say that I've got your letter all right this morning - I suppose that Willie will not join the [Simone?] faction whether or no - but of course I dont know enough about it - However I am glad that the famous paper is finished at last - I daresay it will be splendid so dont let him write it all over again!! -
It dont seem to me that you know anything at all about the great noise your picture has been making - or you would not have supposed that the little scrap you send from the Sunday Times represents anything like its success -
With love from us both to all & hopes for Easter,
Envelope:Call Number: Glasgow University Library, MS Whistler W715
Mrs William McNeill Whistler
17. Wimpole Street
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[postmarks x 2:] 195 BD. ST GERMAIN / PARIS / 7E / 29 JANV 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON / T 7 / JA 30 / 93
[on verso:] 'no: 7.
Let it drain for 10 minutes & then pour off'
1. [28-29 January 1893]
Dated from postmark. In another hand at the top of page one is written '1892?'
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more], who had tried to sell Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63) for JW's brother and sister-in-law. He had written to JW on 23 January 1893, #05769.
4. Pall Mall Budget
Pall Mall Budget, reference not located.
110 Rue du Bac, which had been altered and redecorated over several months.
7. Nocturne that was Luke's
Lucas ('Luke') Alexander Ionides (1837-1924), stockbroker and businessman [more], had sold Nocturne in Grey and Gold (YMSM 155) back to JW, an unidentifed painting that may possibly be Nocturne: Westminster - Grey and Gold (YMSM 144).
9. no: 7
These notes are in another hand.
10. Sunday Times
Reference not located.