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System Number: 05718
Date: 9 April 1892
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T63
Document Type: ALS

[royal coat of arms]

116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET, W.


9 April 1892.

Dear Sir

This is the last day of the Exhibition & we have had a veritable 'grand finale'. Our visitors day & evening will be over the thousand & more than 300 Catalogues have been sold. There were about 200 artists this morning & their signatures are in the 'little black book' we have employed the past week for the names & schools.

[p. 2] In a crowd as it has been this afternoon it is impossible to know every one, but apparently people from the Boat Race which they say took place to-day have come in dozens. Armitstead[2] the R A. sculptor has been here & was a long time in the rooms & said he was delighted to see such fine things.

We had half expected to see a letter from you this morning & in any case hope to have one on Monday.

Mr Henley[3] & Whibley[4] called & left several kind messages for you. A triumph a victory all along the line were some of the words

[p. 3] With your permission or unless you wish it specially otherwise we shall continue to show some of your own pictures - say three or 5 on one of the walls in the smaller room for we have often found after such a rush that people return to ask quietly what is for sale & we are very anxious indeed to do some business.

There is no doubt that for many a year to come this exhibition will be spoken & written about & we must hope some day to realize the effect of the sowing of the present

[p. 4] We have still to settle about the publication of the Whistler 'Album'[5] & we should be glad to have your opinions & advice

Yours faithfully

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 had organised JW's retrospective exhibition, Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

2.  Armitstead
Henry Hugh Armstead (1828-1905), sculptor, designer and etcher [more].

3.  Mr Henley
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), journalist, poet and writer [more].

4.  Whibley
Charles Whibley (1859-1930), writer and journalist [more].

5.  'Album'
An album of photographs, mostly from the exhibition (Whistler, James McNeill, The Whistler Album: Nocturnes, Marines, Chevalet Pieces, London, 1893).