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System Number: 08357
Date: 5 March [1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS[3]

33. Rue de Tournon.

March 5 -

[date stamp:] GOUPIL AND COMPANY
-8 MAR. 92

Dear Sir -

Ruskin . You have not sent Modern Painters[4] - Better have a copy in one volume if there be such a thing - answered in yr letter[5] and send also any little pamphlets you may happen to have -

Rawlinson[6] - Have received letter from him - He wishes picture to be sent over here - so I cannot object -

Chapman[7]. I do not understand - whether his pictures have come in - Just received your letter - answered -

Ionides[8] - Has he sent the other sea pieces I mentioned? -

Goldschmit[9]. Did you ever get any reply from him? He is Sarasate's[10] secretary - and his address could be had from Vert[11], the Musical Agent -

'[Mr Martin?][12]'

M. P. For question - Certainly not[13] Cyril Flower[14] - In short wait - and be very discreet until I come - or until I write -

"Souvenir" Explain more fully your idea -

"Edition de luxe" Also explain further - what of?

Cards. Capital. will do perfectly - size and everything - require no other -

Press - What about P. M. G.?[15] - point to be insisted upon - not[16] a vulgar raking together of endless work - but small collection kindly lent - also only for three weeks .

What about Pennell[17]? -

'19 Gt Winchester St[18]' '15'

[p. 2] Monday.

Ruskin. Vol. 1. arrived - many thanks -

Way[19]. Posted to him last night - Card all right - and Poster revised -

Prinsep[20]. Find out with your usual tact and savoir faire about the possibilities of acquiring the Japanese Princess in Peacock Room[21] -

Pastel. Hutchinson collection[22] - Why did you not try for it?

Ionides[23]. Ask him for the name and address of Greek gentleman who once bought a Nocturne of Cremorne[24] - Booths on the lawn - Try and get it -

Yours truly

J. McN. Whistler

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D. C. Thomson Esq.
Goupil Galleries
116. 117. New Bond Str.
Angleterre -
[postmark x 2:] PARIS-6 / R. DE VAUGIRARD / 7E 9 / MARS / 92
[postmark on verso:] LONDON / 7 [...] / MR 10 / [92]


1.  5 March [1892]
Year dated from postmark.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He was organising Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

3.  ALS
'15B' was written in red ink at the top of p. 1, as well as on the envelope, in another hand. 'Portrait of Whistler' was added in pencil by Thomson in the upper left-hand corner of p. 1. It was probably Thomson who added notes at the bottom of p. 2, '15½ x 26½', 'Coronio' (ticked), '63' and 'Battersea 6 Bayes'. 'Coronio' is probably Georges Coronio (1831-1895), broker, banker and collector [more], or his wife Aglaia. 'Battersea' is probably Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115).

4.  Modern Painters
Ruskin, John, Modern Painters, London, 1843-60, written by John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

5.  answered in yr letter
Added in right margin, presumably on receipt of Thomson's letter of 5 January, #05697.

6.  Rawlinson
William George Rawlinson (1840-1928), silk merchant, collector [more], owned Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119).

7.  Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more], owned Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Bognor (YMSM 100), Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water (YMSM 117), Blue and Gold: Channel (YMSM 159), Nocturne: Battersea Reach (YMSM 160) and Nocturne: Grey and Gold - Chelsea Snow (YMSM 174).

8.  Ionides
Alexander Constantine Ionides (1810-1890), shipping merchant and collector [more].

9.  Goldschmit
Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907), pianist, conductor, composer and impresario [more].

10.  Sarasate's
Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908), violinist [more].

11.  Vert
One of the brothers Narsiso (Narcisse?) (b. ca 1845), Honorate (b. ca 1857), Pedro (b. ca 1859) or Fernando Vert (b. ca 1862), all musical agents [more].

12.  [Mr Martin?]
Illegible pencil note in left-hand margin in Thomson's hand.

13.  Certainly not
Underlined three times.

14.  Cyril Flower
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more].

15.  P. M. G.?
Pall Mall Gazette.

16.  not
Double underlined.

17.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

18.  19 Gt Winchester St
Pencil note in right-hand corner of sheet in Thomson's hand.

19.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. JW wrote to him on 6 March 1892, #03277.

20.  Prinsep
Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1836-1904), painter and writer [more].

21.  Japanese Princess in Peacock Room
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

22.  Hutchinson collection
Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), stock broker and collector [more].

23.  Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more], owned Sea and Rain (YMSM 65), Green and Grey: The Oyster Smacks, Evening (YMSM 99) and Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay (YMSM 76), as well as Brown and Silver: Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 33).

24.  Nocturne of Cremorne
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115).