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System Number: 05775
Date: 29 April 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T120
Document Type: ALS


[Royal coat of arms]

THE GOUPIL GALLERY
BOUSSOD, VALADON & CO.
116 & 117, NEW BOND STREET. W.
TELEGRAMS, - BOUSSOD, LONDON.

[stamped:] REMOVED TO 5, REGENT STREET, S. W.
AND 10, CHARLES STREET,
ST JAMES'S, S. W.
London

29 April 1893

Dear Sir,

We are sending to Rue Chaptel [sic] a packet of 20 Sets of the Album[2] for your signature.

Will you kindly make the signature as conspicuous as possible as this is the only difference between the copies at £6. 6/- [p. 2] & those at £4. 4/-

We enclose a cheque for the number of Subscriptions to date as arranged:

15 signed copies for which you  
receive one guinea £ 15- 15-
11 Unsigned copies - do 10%? each    5- 15- 6
  £ 21. 10. 6[3]
which kindly acknowledge  

 

Please let us have the signed copies back as soon as possible. There has been some delay with the photographer & we have had to be very severe with him & threaten to take away the work altogether.

[p. 3] The Lange Leizen[4] is now on its way to Philadelphia, in a tin lined case.

The American committee seem to be considering the question of sending the Carlyle[5] to Chicago but the high insurance £80 seems to make them hesitate - Had the insurance been done three months ago it might have been only £40 or £50 -

The Academy opens on Monday - a poor poor show, altho' the worst pictures are perhaps not quite so bad as usual - There are Leaders[6] & Leightons[7] & followers thereof by the score[.] [p. 4] The best picture is probably Brangwyn's[8] Slave Market & Sargent portrait[9] & one or two landscapes, but as a rule it is awful.

The New Gallery[10] is better & it is certainly better hung & more distinguished.

Trusting you are well

Yours very truly

pp [stamped:] BOUSSOD VALADON & CO.

D. C. Thomson

MANAGER.


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Notes:

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

2.  Album
Photographs of JW's paintings. mostly those shown in Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892; the branch of Goupil's in the rue Chaptal sent them on to JW for signing.

3.  £21. 10. 6
The total is double underlined

4.  Lange Leizen
Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47) had been bought by John Graver Johnson (1841-1917), lawyer and collector [more].

5.  Carlyle
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle (YMSM 137) was not shown at World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, 1893.

6.  Leaders
Benjamin Williams Leader (1831-1923), artist [more]. B. W. Leader, [unknown] (z292).

7.  Leightons
Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), painter and sculptor [more]. F. Leighton, [unknown](z293).

8.  Brangwyn's
Frank Brangwyn (1867-1943), printmaker and painter [more]. F. Brangwyn, Slave Market (z291).

9.  Sargent portrait
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), artist [more]. J. S. Sargent, [portrait] (z294).

10.  New Gallery
[Loan Exhibition], New Gallery, London, 1893.