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System Number: 08251
Date: [11 July 1893][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 -

They sent for the second batch of ten collections[4] & took them away this morning, beautifully signed - making this time, then, twenty sets - Just you look at them, & examine them and tell if you don't think the signatures are little works of art in themselves!

Also don't miss the cheque at once, as I do want to get off - I suppose by the way you dont know of any one worthy of beautiful "sea pieces" if I bring [p. 2] anything of the kind back with me?! Scotch man I mean - for I really cannot let Englishmen do more than look at them -

What about Mr Dignam[5]? I told you yesterday[6] how much obliged to you I am - Of course I knew you were the right one to go to - and I am highly pleased with what you have done - It was so nice of you to go warmly into the matter and give yourself such a lot of trouble to gratify me -

I suppose you must all have been greatly intrigued or at least filled with rare curiosity as to the possible work in which I have evinced this strange interest - amounting almost to a guarantie[7]!!

Well if Mr Dignam does not disappoint one, most abominably, I fancy that you will see more elegance and beauty sense of things honesty in what he is about than is generally given to many who are taken for granted!

In your answer tell me any news that you may think amusing - Your letters are always capital -

That Lord Mayor's dinner[8] must [p. 3] have been ridiculous! Horsely[9] to represent Art! and to answer for it! - What did you hear about it all? -

I really must get you off the pastel[10] - though it is a great bore - They may say what they like, I never put some of those touches in the sky - and they make it awfully difficult to get right! -

Surely you ought to do better with the Albums - or your people ought - for I personally have been asked over & over again about them - By the way, you would have done better if I had been there to see about the circulars! - They are - !

They look like those fly papers they put in the plate!!

The type[11] too is all wrong - Tant pis![12]

[butterfly signature]

[date stamp:] GOUPIL & COMPANY
12 JUL. 93

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1.  [11 July 1893]
The date of receipt at Goupils was 12 July 1893 (see stamp below); therefore it is likely that this was written by JW on the previous day; see also JW's note to D. C. Thomson of the same date, #08241.

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

3.  ALS
'8C' is written in another hand in red ink at the top of p. 1, and '70' in pencil at the foot of p. 1.

4.  collections
An album published by Goupil's of a selection of photographs of oil paintings, mostly those exhibited at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. JW signed the deluxe sets with his name and butterfly signature.

5.  Mr Dignam
Michael J. Hoey Dignam (fl. 1893), illustrator [more]; see JW's letter to Thomson, 6 July 1893, #08242.

6.  yesterday
This may be a reference to JW's note of thanks in #08315.

7.  guarantie
Fr., guarantee.

8.  Lord Mayor's dinner
An important dinner presided over by the Lord Mayor of London.

9.  Horsely
John Calcott Horsley (1817-1903), historical genre painter and etcher [more].

10.  pastel
Not identified, but possibly Venice (M.824); see Thomson's letter of 14 June 1893, #05782.

11.  The type
'The type ... [signature]' written in left margin of p. 1, at right angles to the main text.

12.  Tant pis!
Fr., more's the pity!