Documents associated with: Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894
Record 17 of 23
System Number: 08310
Date: [11 August 1894]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS
'110. Rue du Bac. Paris.
Aug 11. 1894.'
Dear Mr. Thomson -
I don't think this will do at all! - My letter to you was all well enough - but I don't at all care for my appreciation of my own work to be carried about by others who may misunderstand: or may show it to those who may interpret it offensively - No the note was meant for you who have the habit, and can value properly what I please to communicate - [p. 2] you must say to the gentleman that if one of these days he write to me I shall be pleased to answer any letter and then he can keep the "autograph"! - but this little card he had better return -
I am much pleased with his visit to Antwerp and think his understanding of the pictures most intelligent - The Sarasate ought to be in fine condition - though I daresay it would be all the better for a coat of varnish, which it is in perfect state to receive -
Many thanks for cheque, which is all right - I like your suggestion that I should keep the books! -
As to Messrs. Virtue - They are certainly original! - What do you think? -
In every possible way I have given them every chance! - I let you now have the sum of all the new proofs for choice - and time without end you have had - Even when, through Way, I heard of the Studio putting off their publication I let you know at once.
Of course all this was naturally only to please you - But the Virtues are... like their own name! Stupendous!
If they had given me a retaining fee for the year round they couldn't be more magnificent in their tone - & with their "conditions"!
Make them my compliments - and say that I have no doubt they are able to manage their own affairs [p. 3] and arrange with their brother publishers without my assistance -
Certainly I should never dream of guaranteeing anything! If they are anxious to withdraw from the lithograph - it is very simple -
Mr. Gleeson writes to say that they mean to publish theirs in Sept - and surely I have not had anything to complain of from them in the way of excentricity or complication -
As to the portrait of the Count we have had marvelous ill luck! - Mons. Badoureau as has been explained to you sent to Mons. Hellé here - and gave him the order to do a sorte copper plate (!) reproduction! - Judge of my disgust when I saw the highly polished vulgar result - all burnished and blackened & shining! - If we had wanted that sort of thing we could readily have got it ourselves!
[p. 3] But I asked for Badoureau, because I wanted exactly the process employed with the "Carlyle" & the portrait of my mother - I complained of his result in this case because he would not reproduce the photograph in its, to him, puzzling mystery, but must needs draw out for himself a man of his own on the photograph & reproduce that!!. However I have been to see Mons. Hellé - who is to get the negative from the Goupils & to do a reproduction of it as it stands without retouching at all - There's where that is -
The photograph of the two little fair girls from the seaside is charming! -
1. [11 August 1894]
The address and date at the top of the letter appear to have been added in another hand.
Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, 1894.
11. Mons. Hellé
A Parisian reproductive engraver and publisher.
'But ... been to' is written in the left margin of p. 3, at right angles to the main text; 'see Mons ... is -' in the top margin of p. 1; and 'The photograph ... signature' in the left margin of p. 1 at right angles to the main text.
13. the Goupils
Art dealers and publishers.
Thomson's daughters. This sentence and the signature are written in the margin of p. 1.