The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 6th Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung, Munich, 1892
Record 12 of 37

System Number: 08206
Date: [4 May 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[3]

'May 4 1892'[4]

33. Rue de Tournon - Paris -

Dear Sir -

Many thanks for your note -

The little "Black Record[5]" - Delightful! a capital idea like all those you have had -

I shall be greatly amused to see it imitated further down the street - in the Bushey[6]!- Where I see they have already announced my "Only" - "For one month only! thereby as usual falling into the ridiculous! -

Why not for one year only?! -

Portraits - Here you have been quite perfect! -

Miss Philip[7] will doubtless have told [p. 2] you how pleased I am -

It is quite a fact that I require very great inducement - to undertake any thing of the kind - being full of an amazing studio[8] I am getting ready and of lovely work about which I would like to talk to you when I see you -

Moreover I shall have plenty of portraits here - and vastly more appreciation -

Catalogues[9] - You had better send them on here - in small at once - and the type had better be broken up -

Upon reflection, you had better keep them - locked up - and we will see - Meanwhile send me ten copies -

Do write to me Bond Street details of forthcoming Private Views - You might send me an account of Saturday's proceedings!

We should so like to read thyour report on Sunday morning here! -

There is no doubt whatever that the papers in spite of themselves have been a perfect whirlwind of "copy" à propos of this "Small Collection" of ours! - and I see that they acknowledge that in numbers at the doors it has "beaten the record"! -

Photographs[10] - I hope they come out well - You don't say [p. 3] what you think of them?

Very truly Yours

J. McN. Whistler

Mr Potter's[11] pictures I was forgetting! I have written to him that I wired to you to hold them back - For the Münich[12] people here told me that they are aplying [sic] for them - So that is all right - and you will hear - They will of course pay everything -

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1.  [4 May 1892]
Dated in recipient's hand.

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

3.  ALS
'28B' was written at the top of p.1 in another hand in red ink.

4.  'May 4 1892'
Pencil note by Thomson.

5.  Record
Not identified.

6.  Bushey
Not identified.

7.  Miss Philip
Ethel Whibley (1861-1920), née Philip, JW's sister-in-law [more].

8.  studio
110 rue du Bac.

9.  Catalogues
The remaining catalogues from Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

10.  Photographs
JW was selecting photographs of oils from the Goupil show to sell in an album.

11.  Mr Potter's
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more]. He owned Blue and Silver: Blue Wave, Biarritz (YMSM 41), Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), Grey and Silver: Chelsea Wharf (YMSM 54) and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115).

12.  Münich
6th Internationale Kunst-Austellung, Munich, 1892.