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System Number: 05769
Date: 23 January 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T114
Document Type: ALS

[Royal coat of arms]

116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.


23 Jany 1893

Dear Sir,

Mr Abbey[2] has left London & we are sending your letter to him to Mount Morgan, Fairford, Gloucestershire.

We counselled Mr Abbey very strongly to call & speak to Mr Alexander[3], but we are not sure if he did this.

The 'Nocturne[4]' was sent on the 18th by [Chatham & Dover?] & Gare du Nord, to 110 [p. 2] Rue du Bac & it ought to be there by this time. Perhaps being a private address it takes longer.

We are making a special show of the Studio[5] & have written to all the papers about it. We have one buyer for the picture nibbling at it, but we are not very sure of him.

We have received your telegram[6] & have told the Pall Mall[7] who will photograph it tomorrow

The circulars for the Portfolio[8] [p. 3] go out tomorrow & we are now printing it.

The Art Journal for March will have an article on the Portfolio by D. S. McColl[9] with some illustrations for which you will remember you gave your consent & we have also asked the consents of the proprietors. This ought to help the sale very much

Yours vy truly

[stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D C Thomson


J McN Whistler Eq

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

2.  Mr Abbey
Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911), painter and illustrator [more].

3.  Mr Alexander
William Cleverly Alexander (1840-1916), banker and patron [more].

4.  Nocturne
Nocturne in Grey and Gold (YMSM 155); see #05768.

5.  Studio
Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63), which was owned by William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

6.  your telegram
Not located.

7.  Pall Mall
The Pall Mall Gazette or Pall Mall Budget; no reproduction has been traced.

8.  Portfolio
A portfolio of photographs of paintings by JW, mostly those exhibited at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

9.  D. S. McColl
Dugald Sutherland MacColl (1859-1948), painter and etcher, art critic and writer [more]; see MacColl, D. S., 'Mr. Whistler's Paintings in Oil,' The Art Journal, March 1893, pp. 88-93.