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System Number: 08276
Date: [22/23 January 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC D/19
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac - Paris.

Dear Mr Thomson -

I am awfully disappointed - in a small way! - What I mean is I did want this morning to have known, as I told you, the details - and now it takes such a lot of days and correspondence! Of course Mr Studd[4] wired to me that he owns the little White Girl[5] - but more than that fact he could not well put in a telegram -

Now[6] I want you to tell me exactly all the rest -

What was the full price paid for the little White Girl? [p. 2] and what the price paid for the Nocturne Cremorne Lights[7]? -

I wish you would tell me this - Of course all this is of the greatest interest to me - I want to know what the shop keeping "art patrons', Potter[8] and others, are making out of my[9] labour - my brain - my name!! - For that is real history - and the pose of Potter, Leathart, Ionides[10] and the rest as Macænas and protectors of Art!! is in modern English, Rot!! and abomination -

Very sincerely

J McN Whistler

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1.  [22/23 January 1894]
Dated by the reference to the sale of paintings (see JW's letter to D. C. Thomson, 25 January 1894, #08275).

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

3.  ALS
'58B' is written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left and '80' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.

4.  Studd
Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more].

5.  little White Girl
Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52). Gerald Potter, who had purchased the painting for less than £150, sold it to A. H. Studd in 1893 for £1400 (see JW to E. G. Kennedy, 4 February 1894, #09715).

6.  Now
JW made a copy of the letter from this point, #02673.

7.  Nocturne Cremorne Lights
Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115) had been purchased by Gerald Potter for £20 or less, according to Alexander Reid; JW told E. G. Kennedy that the price was £30 or £50 (see letter of 4 February 1894, #09715). It was sold through D. C. Thomson, who first asked £650 for it, to A. H. Studd.

8.  Potter
John Gerald Potter (1829-1908), wallpaper manufacturer and patron [more].

9.  my
'my' is double underlined three times in this sentence.

10.  Leathart, Ionides
James Leathart (1820-1895), collector [more] and Alexander Constantine Ionides (1810-1890), shipping merchant and collector [more].