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System Number: 05779
Date: 20 May 1893
Author: David Croal Thomson[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler T124
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

20 Mai 1893.

Dear Sir,

Many thanks & sincere for the exquisite signatures on the Album[2]

Photographs. They are so dainty & charming that the collectors heart will leap for joy; - they ought to sell without difficulty; & we are indeed highly pleased with the trouble you have taken.

[p. 2] Webb[3]. To-day, early in the forenoon (as the Scots folk say) before the arrival of the signed copies, we sent an Album to Mr Webb at Austin Friars with a note "as instructed by Mr W. we send a special copy" etc etc & this we hope is all right.

Ribbons. We sent to our tobacconist (!) & got some cigar ribbons & the name of the makers & we have ordered enough to do the Albums.

Town Gardening. Messrs Virtue & Co send [p. 3] to-day, with their compliments a copy of Mrs Chamberlain's[4] book.

Albums. Very well, say 4 to yourself counting Webbs as one.

We are closed here on Monday, but a note on any urgent matter to me at
Dartmouth Tower
Highgate N. W.
will find me at home. Some day perhaps Mrs Whistler[5] & you will come & see our garden there of about half an acre - it sounds grand but it [is] nothing extraordinary. The house was built [p. 4] for a "Royal Academician" (!) Pickersgill[6], & I sometimes wonder if his spirit haunts it for I lie awake occasionally.

I hope to be in Paris on Thursday & until Saturday. Would it be a compliment to ask you & Mrs Whistler to dine on Thursday or Saturday at the Grand Hotel. It might be a change to see the vast vulgar herd at feeding time. Or would a smaller table be more acceptable? For once in a way it may please you & I should be highly honoured, & beg you to present the request to Mrs Whistler with my compliments.

Yours very truly

D. C. Thomson -


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Notes:

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

2.  Album
A selection of photographs of oil paintings, mostly those exhibited at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. JW had signed the deluxe sets with his name and butterfly signature, but requested that the album should be tied with yellow ribbon (see #08233).

3.  Webb
William Webb (b. ca 1851), of G. and W. Webb, lawyer [more].

4.  Mrs Chamberlain's
Chamberlain, Edith L., Town and Home Gardening, London, 1893.

5.  Mrs Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

6.  Pickersgill
Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875), portrait painter [more].