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 9 of 215

System Number: 05680
Date: 21 December 1891
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T25
Document Type: ALS

[Royal coat of arms]

116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.

21 Decr 1891.

Dear Sir,

We thank you for your answer to our telegram this morning. We think that it is very likely a really fine etching of the "Portrait of My Mother"[2] would sell & we are consulting with our Paris house thereon. We telegraphed because we thought you might prefer an etching to the lithograph[3] [p. 2] with which we are not quite content. It is not important enough in size besides other things.

Before writing to Paris will you kindly let us know whom you could suggest to etch the picture? Bracquemond[4]? Walther[5]? or can you recommend some one? As soon as the picture is hung in the Luxembourg it is free to any one to reproduce it - according to the French law. But kindly also advise us as to the copyright if it is Graves[6] or yours & if any payment would be required to anyone.

[p. 3] We are now writing to Philadelphia about the picture 'La fusée tombante[7]'.

If you have any other small oil pictures we should be glad - & if you can decide definitely about the exhibition[8] in March we shall commence to work

Yours faithfully
pp Boussod Valadon & Co

D. C. Thomson

J. McN. Whistler Eq

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

2.  Portrait of My Mother
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (YMSM 101).

3.  lithograph
By Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), printer, lithographer and painter [more]. Way mentions this lithograph in his letter of 7 December 1891 to JW, #06090.

4.  Bracquemond
Joseph Auguste ('Félix') Bracquemond (1833-1914), painter and etcher [more]. Unfortunately he did not etch the painting.

5.  Walther
Possibly Adolf Wilhelm Walther (1826-1913), history and genre painter [more].

6.  Graves
Henry Graves (1806-1892), print dealer and founder of H. Graves and Co. [more].

7.  La fusée tombante
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

8.  exhibition
Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.