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System Number: 08337
Date: [6 June 1892][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 3
Document Type: ALS[3]

[date stamp:] GOUPIL AND COMPANY
-7 JUN. 92

33. Rue de Tournon - Paris -

Dear Sir -

The falling Rocket[4] - All right - you did your best - and your best is always very perfect - Now if by any chance you were to hear from the P. P.s[5] again, mind the picture goes right up to the thousand - You must say no! that their opportunity was gone - they had missed it and that's over! -

Album - These last photographs are charming - only the Orchar[6] has still got the white blemish - However you will come over I hope this week - and I am sorry to hear the cause of your delay hitherto -

Business - It would be interesting to hear what the Sir W. Edens[7] say to coming over for their portrait.

Richards[8] . I want my small pictures that you gave him to clean and varnish - You know the ones I mean - the sketches[9] that used to hang in the dining room, Cheyne Walk - I wrote you about them - [p. 2] Do kindly get them off to me at once - tomorrow? You remember also that I told you to let Richards wash the large Cremorne Nocturne[10] (that was brought to the Gallery but not exhibited) and take off any varnish, if he found any - and then send it to me without[11] revarnishing so that I might paint upon it - This had better come too - Couldn't you get them all off now, to Joyant's[12]? and let me know -

Peacock Room[13] - Do send me at once the Pall Mall Budget[14] with reproduction of the "Princesse[15]" etc - - also send me fine proof of Photo from the Picture - You understand that I want the Peacock Album to be a success - I don't quite make out what the Pall Mall is doing in it at all? -

Mrs. Leyland[16] - I will see to this -

Mr. Potter[17] - Has he not paid for his frames?

Cyril Flower[18] - Did he have new frame for Gold Screen[19]? or other - & has he paid, or refused? -

Kindly give me once more names of who have paid frames, & who have refused.

Yours truly

J McN. Whistler

'6 June 1892[20]'

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1.  [6 June 1892]
Dated by Goupil's date stamp of receipt.

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

3.  ALS
'35B' is written in an unknown hand at top left.

4.  The falling Rocket
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket (YMSM 170).

5.  P. P.s
Potter Palmer (1826-1902), collector [more].

6.  Orchar
James Guthrie Orchar (1825-1888), engineer and collector [more].

7.  Sir W. Edens
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

8.  Richards
Stephen Richards (b. ca 1845), picture restorer [more].

9.  sketches
Venus (YMSM 82), Symphony in Green and Violet (YMSM 83), Variations in Blue and Green (YMSM 84), Symphony in White and Red (YMSM 85), Symphony in Blue and Pink (YMSM 86), The White Symphony: Three Girls (YMSM 87), The Three Girls (YMSM 88).

10.  Cremorne Nocturne
Cremorne Gardens, No. 2 (YMSM 164).

11.  without
Double underlined.

12.  Joyant's
Maurice Joyant (1864-1930), art dealer, manager of Boussod, Valadon et Cie [more].

13.  Peacock Room
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (YMSM 178).

14.  Pall Mall Budget
Pall Mall Budget, 16 June 1892, repr. pp. 864-65.

15.  Princesse
La Princesse du pays de la porcelaine (YMSM 50).

16.  Mrs. Leyland
Frances Leyland (1836-1910), née Dawson [more].

17.  Mr. Potter
John Charles Potter (1854-1920), wallpaper manufacturer and collector [more].

18.  Cyril Flower
Cyril Flower (1843-1907), barrister, Liberal MP, 1st Baron Battersea [more].

19.  Gold Screen
Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen (YMSM 60).

20.  6 June 1892
Dated inserted in another hand.