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Documents associated with: 2nd [Exhibition], Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892
Record 4 of 41

System Number: 05697
Date: 5 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T42
Document Type: ALS

[royal coat of arms]

116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.


5 March 1892.

Dear Sir,

Rawlinson[2]. As the picture[3] is on its way & has been sent in a case which was going at any rate will you kindly look at it & tell us what you think. Its condition as at present is a little to the detriment of your pictures in general for people might think they will all go this way.

[p. 2] The Fur Jacket[4]. Many thanks for having it sent.

Lady Meux[5]. Do you require the glass kept on this for the New Salon? It will make the carriage to Paris very costly

Honble Mrs Wyndham[6]. We are informing Richards[7]

Catalogue. The quotation is charming! We shall prepare the list in print as you require with plenty margins.

Posters. We send you the first pull of Ways[8] idea. Kindly say as soon as possible how you like it.

Modern Painters[9]. Vol. I is being sent [p. 3] to you to-day. The others will follow. Enclosed are notes of some apt quotations the idea being to show that Ruskin[10] & Whistler really started with the same ideas that Whistler kept faithful to them & Ruskin went in for Pre-Raphaelitism[,] Mr Frith[11] & all that superficial stuff.

Please keep these volumes for me as they were a personal present

Yours faithfully

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D C Thomson


Monsieur Whistler

[p. 4] Possible Paragraphs for pictures from 'Modern Painters'

page XVI[12] - for Note at front of catalogue
p. 419 — do —
XXI — do

The following could be made to fit certain pictures.

p 12 —
p. 36 - 37 - (4)     337,
76, 84 (2)
189 - (2)
329 - for a Marine
& so on

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1.  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.

2.  Rawlinson
William George Rawlinson (1840-1928), silk merchant, collector [more].

3.  picture
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 119).

4.  The Fur Jacket
Arrangement in Black and Brown: The Fur Jacket (YMSM 181).

5.  Lady Meux
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229), at 2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.

6.  Honble Mrs Wyndham
Madeline Caroline Frances Eden Wyndham (1835-1920), née Campbell, artist [more].

7.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

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

9.  Modern Painters
Ruskin, John, Modern Painters, London, 1843-60.

10.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

11.  Mr Frith
William Powell Frith (1819-1909), genre and landscape painter [more].

12.  page XVI
These are notes for the exhibition catalogue.