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System Number: 08242
Date: 6 July [1893][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]

'Recd. 7/7/93'

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Dear Mr. Thomson -

Mr Michael Dignam[4] - who is passing through London - will call upon you - I have asked him to do so -

His work interests me - and it would especially please me that he should be put in relation with the right people in London -

Certainly you of all others are the one [p. 2] who can do this -

The Editor[5] of "The Sketch" * * Also the Editor of Lady's Pictorial [6]- - I think you know - and for him Mr Dignam might (as well as for others) furnish drawings from Paris on his return -

In any case I am sure you will be pleased to meet the young gentleman himself, and to do what you can to facilitate his intercourse with those who might be useful to him -

It is rare that the work of any one should call for my interference! This I doubt not will occur to you! - Therefore you will suppose that I see more in Mr Dignam's promise and quality than I do in the performance of others - and in this you are right -

Be assured that I shall feel personally grateful for any trouble (which after all I know will be a pleasure to you) that you take in this matter -

This is by the way the 6th of July - and no photographs[7] have come for [p. 3] me to sign -

Very sincerely yours

J McN. Whistler

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D. C. Thomson. Esq.
Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] PARIS 90 / 195 BD ST. GERMAIN / 7E 6 / JUIL / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S. W / V B / JY 7 / 93


1.  [6 July 1893]
Year dated from postmark, while '6th July' is mentioned in the letter. The date of receipt is noted in an unknown hand on p. 1. Also enclosed in this letter was #08327.

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

3.  ALS
'51 B' and '67' are written at the top of p. 1, and '51' and '13' on the envelope, in unknown hands.

4.  Mr Michael Dignam
Michael J. Hoey Dignam (fl. 1893), illustrator [more].

5.  Editor
Clement King Shorter (1857-1926), journalist [more]; he founded The Sketch in February 1893.

6.  Lady's Pictorial
The additional note, marked wth an asterisk, was added at the top of p. 2. The Lady's Pictorial was an illustrated weekly journal covering a wide range of subjects, political, cultural and domestic. It often included sympathetic reviews of Whistler's work.

7.  photographs
Photographs of JW's paintings, for an album published following Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892; see Thomson's letter of 3 July 1893, #05784.