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System Number: 08370
Date: [17 September 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

'Recd 18 Sept 1895'

Royal Lion Hotel - Lyme Regis -
Dorset -

Dear Mr. Thomson -

Many thanks for the little cutting from The Times. - I had not seen it - though I had received the official telegram from the Secretary[4] of Venice Exhibition -

They have put it wrongly in the English papers - The seventh prize is not, as one would gather from the press, a question of degree - It is the 7th on the list -

There were ten prizes - not eight - and out of these ten the condition under which they could be awarded varied [p. 2] greatly. - Some were for Italians only - some for Venetians only - Several that were international could only be given for works that had never been exhibited before -

I, by the way, had in the Exhibition only "The Little White Girl[5]" - that was all I could borrow -

What about the Academy people? - I know they sent - but I have heard of no prizes - have you? -

We are staying here for health at present - and I shall have some lovely little pictures of the nature of "The little Sweet shop[6]" - you remember - only if any thing finer in quality -

But what is the use - I dont want them to stay in England - therefore you could do nothing with them as I wish to sell no more pictures to Englishmen -

I wish now you would kindly find out for me, at once, Mr. Grau's[7] address and send it to me here - You know Grau - used to be in the Fulham Road - You probably have his old address on your books at the time he was working for the Exhibition in Bond Street -

It was said that he had given up frame making - but then again this was denied - and he has all my patterns -

[p. 3] If you see Prange[8] tell him I shall write soon - I may send him the new little pictures - Ask him to write and tell me any news of the Sarasate[9] -

I ought to have written to your secretary during your absence in answer to a note from him about Master Dignam[10] -

You have heard all about it before now - and have I doubt not sent a reply -

The fact is I have been too much absorbed in this question of change of air and the improvement in Mrs. Whistler's[11] health to think of any thing else -

Please write me a line - and find me Grau -

With kindest regards

J McNeill Whistler

Really[12] I think I must write to Prange at once -

I am most anxious about Grau - I want him to make me some frames at once -

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D. C. Thomson. Esq.
The Goupil Galleries -
5 - Regent Street -
[stamp:] ONE PENNY
[postmark:] LYME·REGIS / B / SP17 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON S.W. / 21 / 5.15 A.M. / SP 18 / 95
[postmark:] AXMINSTER / C / SP 17 / 95


1.  17 September 1895
Dated from the postmark and the date of receipt written in another hand on p. 1.

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

3.  ALS
'65C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left and '146' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and also on the envelope.

4.  Secretary
Antonio Fradeletto (1858-1930), literary historian, art critic and writer, radical politician, and general secretary of the Venice Biennale [more]; see his telegram to JW, [9 September 1895], #05933.

5.  The Little White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), which had received a prize at the 1st Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, 1895.

6.  The Little Sweet Shop
An Orange Note: Sweet Shop (YMSM 264). JW's shop paintings in Lyme Regis included Rose and Red: The Barber's Shop, Lyme Regis (YMSM 444) and A Shop (YMSM 448).

7.  Mr. Grau's
Frederick H. Grau (d. 1894/1895), picture framer [more].

8.  Prange
Francis Gerard Prange (b. ca 1843), London art dealer [more].

9.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).

10.  Master Dignam
Michael J. Hoey Dignam (fl. 1893), illustrator [more].

11.  Mrs. Whistler's
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more], who was suffering from cancer.

12.  Really
'Really...once-' is written in the left margin of p. 3 and the rest in the left margin of p. 1, at right angles to the main text.