The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892
Record 17 of 215

System Number: 08216
Date: 14 February 1892
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS


Paris. 33. Rue de Tournon -

Feb. 14. 1892

[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
15 FEB. 92

Dear Sir -

Many thanks for your letter[2] -

Chapman[3] - Write accepting all, and get them up to town that Richards[4] may clean and varnish -

Prinsep[5] - Certainly not - There is only one picture of mine that I care for among in the Leyland[6] collection - and that is the Portrait of Miss Spartali[7] in Japanese dress - . It hangs in the Peacock Room - and is not likely to be taken down - If it ever comes to the hammer - then we will talk about it -

Mrs Leyland[8] - Get her Nocturne[9] so that no time may be lost - for cleaning varnishing & framing[10]. My man Grau[11] to frame & glaze it without referring the matter to Mrs L - Indeed in several cases I shall have frames made on my own account - taking them off afterwards.

[p. 2] Alexander A Ionides[12] - Write and thank him from me - Beg him also to lend Sea piece - called "Sea & Rain[13]" - also another with fishing smacks going out in the evening -

Mr Jameson[14] - Has sent Nocturne, and Grau has it frame in hand - the picture is at Richards -

others - Get them all in -

Grau - framemaker - his address: 570. Fulham Road

Own two Nocturnes (Rocket[15] - & Firewheel[16]) - Send for Grau to frame -

Have you any American news? Also what do you think about the Lady Meux[17]? - Dont let it stay too long down stairs - but of this you will be a good judge - It may be doing good - I have heard from her Ladyship[18] - She has not as yet been to town - So perhaps the portrait may as well be left for a while longer -

Please write -

Yours truly

J McN. Whistler -

Mrs Ionides[19]. Senr. (widow of late Ionides - Hastings.) Has fine picture of Old Battersea bridge - Write and borrow -

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1.  David Croal Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He was organising Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

2.  letter
See letter of 9 February 1892, #05683.

3.  Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more].

4.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

5.  Prinsep
Valentine Cameron Prinsep (1836-1904), painter and writer [more].

6.  Leyland
Frederick Richards Leyland (1832-1892), shipowner, his wife Frances, and their children Frederick Dawson, Fanny, Florence and Elinor.

7.  Miss Spartali
Christine Spartali (1845?-1884), later Countess Edmond de Cahen [more], in La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

8.  Mrs Leyland
Frances Leyland (1836-1910), née Dawson [more].

9.  Nocturne
Nocturne (YMSM 114).

10.  framing
Double underlined.

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

12.  Alexander A Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].

13.  Sea & Rain
Sea and Rain (YMSM 65).

14.  Mr Jameson
Frederick Jameson (1839-1916), architect and musician [more], owned Crepuscule in Opal: Trouville (YMSM 67).

15.  Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

16.  Firewheel
Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169).

17.  Lady Meux
Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux (YMSM 229).

18.  Ladyship
Lady Valerie Susan ('Susie') Meux (1847-1910), née Langdon, collector and patroness [more].

19.  Mrs Ionides
Euterpe Ionides (1816-1892), née Sgouta, wife of A. C. Ionides [more]. She had owned Brown and Silver: Old Battersea Bridge (YMSM 33), but died in February 1892. The picture passed to her son Alexander, who agreed to lend it. 'Mrs Ionides...borrow' is written in the left margin of p. 1, at right angles to main text.