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System Number: 08410
Date: [22/30 September 1894?][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection
Document Type: ALS[3]

110 Rue du Bac - Paris -

Dear Mr. Thomson -

What are Messrs. Virtue[4] going to do about the printing? and what are you going to do about the Bébés[5]? -

It seems to be an extraordinary [p. 2] favourite! I have been asked for it again! -

The little drawing is by Mrs. Whistler[6] - whose works are dainty beyond compare! wherefore I advise your sticking to it - though I am afraid Madame will cry out for it!

As to the portraits, draped or undraped figures - or small panel pictures, more shortly - I am organizing my "business" a bit! The little marine[7] - (the one upon the back of which you pasted the cutting from St. James'[8]) is sold - 200 guineas. -

The sales of Pastels[9] you speak of were certainly excellent for they must have been (the pastels themselves) mere scraps in studio - Though now that I think of it if there were any draped or nude figure once belonging to Deschamps[10] I should like to know more & wish you would tell me who got them - & where they are -


[butterfly signature]

Shall be sending more new lithographs.

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1.  [22/30 September 1894?]
Dated from reference to sale of work (see below).

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

3.  ALS
'90C' is written in an unknown hand in red ink at top left; '190' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1.

4.  Virtue
Printers for the Art Journal.

5.  Bébés
Nursemaids: 'Les Bonnes du Luxembourg' (C.81).

6.  drawing is by Mrs. Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

7.  The little marine
Violet and Blue: Among the Rollers (YMSM 413) was sold to Martin Brimmer (1829-1896), collector and official at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts [more]. JW told E. G. Kennedy on 22 September 1894 that it had been sold, #09720. 'The little ... guineas' is written in the margin of p. 2.

8.  cutting from St. James'
St James's Gazette, 6 December 1893, p. 4, described it as 'a fine sea-piece ... full of clever work and of beautiful colour'.

9.  The sales of Pastels
'The sales ... lithographs' is written in the margin of p. 1.

10.  Deschamps
Charles William Deschamps (1848-1908), art dealer [more].