Documents associated with: Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892
Record 20 of 215
System Number: 08219
Date: [20 February 1892]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS
[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
20 FEB. 92
SUCCESSORS / BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
21, CHEYNE WALK,
33. Rue de Tournon - Paris -
If you write tomorrow - I shall get your letter on Sunday -
Dear Sir -
Cards - Those you sent are of course very impossible! - You want a large invitation card - quite plain - and engraved - You had better ask Mr. Way. He will show you the ones I have had for the Exhibitions at Messrs Dowdeswells - and you can then have a trial one written out and sent to me for any alteration -
Date - Here I can scarcely help you - I have done what I could - even to writing over to America for the picture of "Wapping" - but the people are so long in answering and so difficult about lending -
[p. 2] It would I think myself perhaps not so much matter after all as to number of works - on the whole it is not proposed that there should be other than a small collection - hung in groups in the large Gallery - more or less in the centres of the four walls - I think you might go yourself and see Mr. Alexander - (Aubrey House) and ask him if, now that the large portrait of his daughter is cleaned and varnished, he will not be pleased to let you have it for the short space of four weeks - so that the people may see it in its splendid condition - and propose that he himself would like to see it there, now that it is so much envied - Of course get his Nocturne - By the way I think it would be most effective if the Exhibition were announced as of only three weeks duration - It is much more smart and select - and rare - Mr Thomson of the Pall Mall could be told this - and I am sure he will be pleased to do any thing. Write to Mr. Graham Robertson and borrow his "Valparaiso," and of course if he will lend it, the "Miss Corder" - He would I think would for such a particular occasion, especially as he would have it back befor[e] the season really begins - (you can show him this letter)
[p. 3] Write to Madame Reveillon. 43. Galernaia. St. Petersbourg - Russia - and borrow her picture of "The Music Room" - by me - I shall write also - It would of course have to be sent by Grande Vitesse -
Harrison - Of course undertake the expense of bringing his picture from Henley -
Portraits - Again I am not at all of opinion that we do want any
at of them in this Exhibition - Neither the Miss Alexander or Corder - or any -
Why not simply Nocturnes - Sea pieces - and Chevalet paintings? - We are certainly not pretending to show a summed up collection of Whistler.
Only. It is a bad policy in my opinion to fire off such a lot of things at once - Remember there is next year!
J McN Whistler
2. David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He was organising JW's retrospective exhibition Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.
4. Messrs Dowdeswells
'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1884 and 'Notes' - 'Harmonies' - 'Nocturnes', Second Series, Messrs Dowdeswell, London, 1886.
This paragraph has 'cges' (charges) written against it in left margin.
16. Grande Vitesse
Fr., express post.