The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 3rd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1893
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System Number: 08230
Date: 30 April [1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

Sunday. April 30.

Dear Sir -

Cheque - £21-10-6- Received all right - and many thanks -

Albums. Joyant[4] must send them over to me directly they arrive - and I will begin the signing at once - & let him have them back - so that's all right too!

Art Journal[5] - Very nice of you - [p. 2] Delighted to have it - It really has looked up immensely since you have taken it in hand - quite another thing. You deserve all compliments -

Carlyle[6] - I am sure it is very good of the Glasgow people to lend it at all! -

For my part I really wish it were quietly at rest in its own place on the wall of the Gallery of the Town Hall -

Chicago. Have you no news from Abbey[7] about anything further? -

Society of Portrait Painters Grafton Gallery -[8]
I am sending Sarasate[9] - Do you think of anything in the way of a selling reproduction? -

Also I am sending the little picture of "the Studio[10]" as a sketch "portrait" - So you might still do something with your man - or some new one -

Voila - for the present - I suppose when you think of coming over we shall hear of it -

Very Sincerely

J McN Whistler.

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1.  30 April [1893]
30 April fell on a Sunday in 1893.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. This is a reply to Thomson's letter of 29 April 1893, #05775.

3.  ALS
'2C' is written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left and '59' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.

4.  Joyant
Maurice Joyant (1864-1930), art dealer, manager of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more]; the albums contained photographs, mostly of paintings exhibited in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. JW had to sign the mounts.

5.  Art Journal
Thomson was newly appointed editor of the Art Journal.

6.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137). It belonged to the Glasgow Corporation.

7.  Society of Portrait Painters
3rd Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1893.

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

9.  the Studio
Whistler in his Studio (YMSM 63).

10.  Abbey
Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911), painter and illustrator [more]; JW was lending work to World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.