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System Number: 08317
Date: [19 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, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris -

Dear Mr. Thomson -

A line to say that of course, on your way to Italy, we shall have the pleasure of seeing you -

You know that you are as cautious as ever! - for even now you refrain from telling me that Mr. Pope bought the "Blue Wave"[4] for £1000[5]. Neither do you say what the Chicago gentleman[6] gave for the Battersea - Nor again do you tell me what [p. 2] Mr. Chapman[7] is asking for the Southampton Water - and for the Nocturne Snow piece? -

Also. you say not a word of the Lange Lizen picture[8] being over here for sale - and what is being asked for that?!

You say that you are glad that I saw Mr Pope "after all"! Why should you not have been the means of my meeting him - instead of leaving it to others, or to chance? - That is where I find you so cautious - As to the Badoureau[9] block, I don't see why you should pay double price - He failed utterly and offended by drawing a man of his own on the photograph to be reproduced - Now I without any caution at all will tell you that the[10] price asked here by Mons. Héllé[11] for the zinc plate is 70 francs - This I know because I asked him what he would ask for another - Hope then to see you in a day or two -


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D. C. Thomson Esq
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark x 2:] PARIS. 80 / R. DU BAC / 7E 19 / SEPT / 94
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / VF / SP 20 / 94


1.  19 September 1894
Dated by the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
'36C' is written in red ink at top left, '112' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1; also on the envelope.

4.  Pope bought the "Blue Wave"
Alfred Atmore Pope (1842-1913), manufacturer and collector [more], had bought Blue and Silver: Blue Wave, Biarritz (YMSM 41).

5.  1000
Double underlined.

6.  the Chicago gentleman
Arthur Jerome Eddy (1859-1920), writer and collector [more].

7.  Mr. Chapman
Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), engineer and collector [more], had asked Thomson to sell Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Southampton Water (YMSM 117) for £400.

8.  Lange Lizen picture
Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks (YMSM 47) was then owned by John Graver Johnson (1841-1917), lawyer and collector [more], and was not on the market.

9.  Badoureau
Edward Badoureau (b. ca 1850), a printer and boxwood block manufacturer [more].

10.  the
'the price ...' to the end is written in the left margin of p. 1, at right angles to the main text.

11.  Mons. Héllé
Héllé, a printer or publisher.