The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 2nd [Exhibition], Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892
Record 3 of 41

System Number: 08218
Date: [26 February 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

Paris. 33. Rue de Tournon -

[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
27 FEB. 92

Dear Sir -

Cards - Ask Houghton & Gunns[3] - to give you one of Mr. Whistler's Invitation Cards to Breakfast -

That will give you size and form of card for Private View - also the elegance size and character of type -

The manner of invitation of mine shall be quite different from that of the usual thing -

The specimens you send will of course never do - By the way why not let Houghton & Gunn do it? - it [is?]

I enclose sketch draft of text for card[4] - but as size and shape are quite wrong - the proper effect cannot be seen - Send me rough copy on proper size tomorrow's post, and I will return it corrected -

Important[5] - It must be quite understood that my form of card - size - style and the rest of it, be always reserved absolutely - and nothing of the kind given to anyone else -

[p. 2] Butterfly Not on the card at all this time -

In any case the one you have would never do -

Will think it over -

Way[6] has always got the right one if I use it -

Yours truly

J McN. Whistler

If you write tomorrow, I have your letter on Sunday -

Lady Meux[7] - Will send the exact date for the Champs de Mars -

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1.  [26 February 1892]
The letter was written on 26 February, dated on receipt on 27 February, and Thomson replied on the same day (#05690).

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

3.  Houghton & Gunns
Firm of stationers and printers.

4.  card
For Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

5.  Important
Double underlined.

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

7.  Lady Meux
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more]. Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229) was to be sent on from the Goupil show to the 2nd Exhibition, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1892.