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System Number: 05699
Date: 8 March 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T44
Document Type: ALS

[Royal coat of arms]

116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.


8 March 1892.

Dear Sir,

Ruskin[2]. The other 3 volumes of 'Modern Painters[3]' 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[4]. 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.

Goldschmidt[5]. Vert[6] promises to send on our letter - Is this for the Sarasate[7] picture?

M. P.[8] - 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[9]) might be tried & called a 'Souvenir.'

If you thought of this seriously it would be as well to see Mr Boussod[10] or Mr Valadon[11] 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[12] 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[13]. 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[14]. I have written & telephoned & he does not come. Could you[15] 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[16], but its all right now.

Enclosed some cuttings

(p. 5) suite (Mr Whistler)


Prinsep[17]. The task is difficult but not impossible - Will see to it.

Pastel. All because of a nasty little trick of a certain dealer[18] - Will explain when you come.

Ionides. Will ask about the Cremorne[19].

Duret[20] What about his. He is the only one now we do not have.

Coronio[21]. friend of Ionides - has a Whistler dated 1863. Battersea[22] 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.[23]

Yours vy truly

pp [stamped:] 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]. He was organising Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

2.  Ruskin
John Ruskin (1819-1900), critic, social reformer and artist [more].

3.  Modern Painters
Ruskin, John, Modern Painters, London, 1843-60. JW was seeking excerpts to include in the catalogue.

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

5.  Goldschmidt
Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907), pianist, conductor, composer and impresario [more].

6.  Vert
One of the brothers Narsiso (Narcisse?) (b. ca 1845), Honorate (b. ca 1857), Pedro (b. ca 1859) or Fernando Vert (b. ca 1862), all musical agents [more].

7.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315), which was not lent to the show.

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.

10.  Mr Boussod
Etienne Boussod (fl. 1885-1919), Paris art dealer and publisher, of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more], one of the Directors of the Paris branch..

11.  Mr Valadon
L. René Valadon (1848-1921), Paris art dealer and publisher, of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more], one of the Directors of the Paris branch.

12.  M. Joyant
Maurice Joyant (1864-1930), art dealer, manager of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more].

13.  Cards
Private View Cards for 19 March.

14.  Geo. Thomson
George Thomson, journalist [more]. JW wanted the show plugged in the Pall Mall Gazette.

15.  you
Double underlined.

16.  Pennell
Joseph Pennell (1860-1926), printer and illustrator, JW's biographer [more].

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

18.  dealer
Possibly Alexander Reid (1854-1936), Glasgow dealer [more].

19.  Cremorne
Cremorne, No. 1 (YMSM 163).

20.  Duret
Théodore Duret (1838-1927), art critic and collector [more]. He did not lend anything.

21.  Coronio
Georges Coronio (1831-1895), broker, banker and collector [more].

22.  Battersea
Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach (YMSM 46).

23.  B. P.
'British Public'.