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System Number: 05797
Date: 14 December 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T142
Document Type: ALS

[Royal coat of arms]


Dec. 14th 1893.

Dear Mr Whistler,

You are entirely right - as I might have known you always are! - about the Lithographs. We have received four sets of the 1st Brittany series[2] & it is all right. So that matter is settled with due apologies to you for the trouble. One set [p. 2] came when I was in Glasgow[3] & has not be[en] properly entered.

Herewith is cheque for £29.9.3 & also a note of account showing how that amount is arrived at & as a record. Kindly own receipt.

Many thanks about the Art Journal[4]. From my bourgeois point of view you do such affairs so nicely that in my own mind I cannot help contrasting it - to your great advantage - with another artist who is at this moment very angry with me because I [p. 3] do not like his way of taking every possible monetary advantage of the Art Journal & being surprised that I am human enough & Scottish enough (!) to think that "Giff, gaff makes guid freends[5]". I know your Litho. is really worth more than £10, but it is all the A. J. can pay.

I hope that Way[6] will give us a really good transfer for so much depends on that

Nothing in St James[7] - to-day.

Yours vy truly

pp D. C. Thomson

J McN Whistler Eq

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

2.  1st Brittany series
Including The Marketplace, Vitré (C.62) and The Clock-Makers, Paimpol (C.65). See accompanying account, #05798.

3.  Glasgow
He had been there for [Exhibition], Boussod, Valadon et Cie., Goupil Gallery, London, at Wellington Studios, Glasgow, 1893.

4.  Art Journal
The lithograph finally published was Nursemaids: 'Les Bonnes du Luxembourg' (C.81), which was published in The Art Journal, vol. 46, no. 120, Dec. 1894; see #03365.

5.  Giff, gaff makes guid freends
Scots, give and take makes good friends.

6.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

7.  St James
A letter regarding the attribution of paintings, written by JW as from D. C. Thomson to St James's Gazette, was published 12 December 1893, see #08287.