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Record 127 of 143

System Number: 08315
Date: [10/11 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]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

Dear Mr Thomson -

You remind me of the late Mr Leyland[4] - you have cut the shillings off my guineas!!! -

Why is this? -

"£20 on account of signatures" you say - and it should be £21. - :. and of course guineas for the pastel[5]! - This [p. 2] too, just after you had been so nice, of your own initiative! - The "Goupils" are really horrid to make you do these things - Certainly I expected a cheque for 80 guineas! - but they are a narrow minded lot! -

I am glad to hear what you tell me of Mr Dignam[6] - How very nice & kind of you - What is he doing for you in the Art Journal?

I dont disapprove of the Lord Mayor festival[7] either - and had I been in town should perhaps have gone. - The people - the Horseleys[8] & socialists & aldermen might have amused me! -

A propos of the Album[9], you ought to have the proofs reinspected when they are sent to you - for I find that there really are magnificent proofs of each photograph. So that by eliminating [p. 3] the poor proofs, each time, we might have had absolutely perfect sets - It is too bad - In these last batches there were two proofs - one of the "Snow Nocturne[10]" - & the other of "St Marc's - Venice[11]" - that were so shockingly bad that I had to replace them with the copies out of my own set! I could not let the bad go - Still there are others not good - but I had no more to send in their place - Don't you think they might still be weeded - I would sign the extra proofs (as I did the one of the Ocean[12] just now) - and the bad ones might be destroyed -

I have more to say - but must let you off! as this must go. You had better send me back my shillings! -

[butterfly signature]

We must see about the "marine[13]"! -

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1.  [10/11 July 1893]
Dated from D. C. Thomson's reply to JW on 12 July 1893, #05785.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more], managing Goupil's in London.

3.  ALS
'38C' was written in an unknown hand in red ink top left; and '113' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.

4.  Mr Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), ship-owner and art collector [more].

5.  pastel
A pastel of Venice, possibly Venice (M.824).

6.  Mr Dignam
Michael J. Hoey Dignam (fl. 1893), illustrator [more]. JW had written to Thomson on his behalf on 6 July 1893, #08242. A decorative drawing by 'Michael Dignam' of a man and woman looking from a balcony over the sea, called Sunset, was reproduced in the Art Journal, December 1894, p. 352.

7.  Lord Mayor festival
Possibly the Lord Mayor's Show, the annual journey of the Mayor of London from Westminster to be presented to the Sovereign, for approval and to swear fealty to the Crown, which was held on the 9 November between 1751-1959.

8.  Horseleys
John Calcott Horsley (1817-1903), historical genre painter and etcher [more].

9.  Album
A selection of photographs of paintings, mostly those exhibited in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. It was published by Thomson late in 1892/93.

10.  Snow Nocturne
Nocturne: Trafalgar Square - Snow (YMSM 173).

11.  St Marc's - Venice
Nocturne: Blue and Gold - St Mark's, Venice (YMSM 213).

12.  Ocean
Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean (YMSM 72).

13.  marine
Not identified.