The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 1st Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, 1895
Record 8 of 12

System Number: 08371
Date: [20 September 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

Royal Lion Hotel - Lyme Regis -

Dear Mr. Thomson -

Your yesterday's letter[4] with copy of authorization arrived this morning all right -

Many thanks - excellent -

As to Poster[5] - it all depends - I might perhaps like it - But at this moment have certainly no means of inspiration in this village! -

As to the Times' silence about the RA.'s [p. 2] and their awards at the Venice exhibition[6], I fancy, from the enclosed list, that the reason was of the simplest!

Has Walter Sickert[7] then gone on to Venice? Did he tell you anything about it? - In short do you know whether he is in town - and what his address would be? -

I am sorry about poor old Grau[8] - and did not at all know of his death - Of course nothing can be done with his successor - so thats all over -

I shall write again directly and send this in great haste -

Very sincerely -

J. McN. Whistler.

'Recd. Sept 21st 1895'

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To - D. C. Thomson
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] LYME REGIS / B / SP 20 / 95
[postmark on verso:] AXMINSTER / C / SP 20
[postmark:] LONDON. W. / M 7 / SP 21 / 95


1.  [20 September 1895]
Dated from the postmark, and the date of receipt noted by D. C. Thomson on p. 2.

2.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].

3.  ALS
'50C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left, and '149' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and also on envelope.

4.  yesterday's letter
Not located.

5.  Poster
Not identified.

6.  Venice exhibition
1st Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, 1895.

7.  Walter Sickert
Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), artist and writer on art [more].

8.  Grau
Frederick H. Grau (d. 1894/1895), picture framer [more].