The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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Documents associated with: 5th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895
Record 6 of 13

System Number: 08377
Date: 14 October 1895
Author: JW
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 18/1598
Document Type: ALS[2]

The Royal Hotel - Lyme Regis.
- Dorset.

Oct 14. 1895

Dear Mr. Thomson -

I have received your very interesting letter and the cheque £210 - for the Devonshire Cottages[3] - Blue & Silver -

I must be right about Bailie Cochrane[4]! He was my great Champion on the Council in the matter of the Carlyle[5] - Surely it couldn't have been another name?

[p. 2] Richards[6] - Wait a bit - I will send you word when to call - I want you to see the little panel[7] when it is varnished and properly in its frame -

I may let you have it for [a] small price - say 80. gns -

However we will see -

This must go now -

The little head[8] in The Gallery is a beauty! - I shall want a pretty cheque for that let me tell you - and "no Britisher need apply"! -

Go - and tell me how you like it -

[butterfly signature]

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D. C. Thomson Esq
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] LYME·REGIS / B / OC13 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / OC 14 / 95


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

2.  ALS
'54C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left; '153' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and also on the envelope.

3.  Devonshire Cottages
Green and Silver: The Devonshire Cottages (YMSM 266).

4.  Bailie Cochrane
He meant Robert Crawford (1845-1915), of Burns, Crawford and Co. [more]; see JW's earlier letter to D. C. Thomson, [11 October 1895], #08378.

5.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137).

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

7.  panel
Not identified.

8.  head
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441), on show at the 5th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895.

9.  London
Double underlined.