Documents associated with: Figaro, Le (Paris)
Record 18 of 32
System Number: 05699
Date: 8 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T44
Document Type: ALS
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THE GOUPIL GALLERY
BOUSSOD, VALADON & CO.
116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.
TELEGRAMS, - BOUSSOD, LONDON.
8 March 1892.
Ruskin. The other 3 volumes of 'Modern Painters' leave to-day. The 5th volume is the one you want chiefly after the 1st. I have almost all the early pamphlets & will look them through to see if there is anything appropriate.
Ionides. He promises any thing we want[.] [p. 2] Went to City to-day to see him, found him out, but appointment for 9.30, Holland Park tomorrow morning.
M. P. - Shall wait at present.
'Souvenir' / 'Edition de Luxe' } The idea is that it might be possible - it would be possible rather - to sell an edition de luxe on say some thing 'The Whistlers Paintings in oil' with Notes by the Artist, remarks by the "critics" & reproductions of his chief pictures. This might be either done in an expensive [p. 3] way & be a permanent & serious Art publication with 12, 15 - or 20 photogravures from the pictures direct. This would be an 'edition de luxe', If that is not found practicable a smaller affair with typogravure illustrations (like the Figaro Salon) might be tried & called a 'Souvenir.'
If you thought of this seriously it would be as well to see Mr Boussod or Mr Valadon at Rue Chaptal for a good book is expensive & the principals decide such matters & you could easily find out their ideas if you spoke with them
[p. 4] Perhaps M. Joyant will speak for you[.] There is always a difficulty in commencing such a work as the risks are often great the the [sic] task irksome, but you will find that if London house says it will sell they are very willing to consider it.
Cards. All in hand. Please send your special list. What about actors & actresses. We usually find our exhibitions too sober for them!
Press. I do not understand Geo. Thomson. I have written & telephoned & he does not come. Could you write him direct to P. M. G.? I have written special letter to book the editor (whom I know). I saw the Star editor today. & he will do all he can. I called because I could not find Pennell, but its all right now.
Enclosed some cuttings
(p. 5) suite (Mr Whistler)
Prinsep. The task is difficult but not impossible - Will see to it.
Pastel. All because of a nasty little trick of a certain dealer - Will explain when you come.
Ionides. Will ask about the Cremorne.
Duret What about his. He is the only one now we do not have.
Coronio. friend of Ionides - has a Whistler dated 1863. Battersea 19½ x 26½ inches. Barges sailing on the river. Shall we accept it [p. 6] & do you remember it well enough[.] It is in many respects very fine.
Posters. Please note that 'Open for three weeks only['] conveys nothing after the first day. A date of termination ought to be named - Three weeks only after a week has gone by is possibly misleading to the great B. P.
Yours vy truly
pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.
D. C. Thomson
J. McN Whistler Eq
3. Modern Painters
Ruskin, John, Modern Painters, London, 1843-60. JW was seeking excerpts to include in the catalogue.
8. M. P.
Thomson had suggested that a Member of Parliament could ask if there was a plan to purchase a Whistler for the state.
9. Figaro Salon
The illustrated supplement published by Le Figaro for each Salon in Paris.
Private View Cards for 19 March.
23. B. P.