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System Number: 08274
Date: 16 February [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 18/1516
Document Type: ALS

110. Rue du Bac. Paris

Feb. 16.

Excellent! most excellent! - Dear Mr Thomson I cannot tell you how nice I think of you to have been so prompt in answering the whisper in your ear! -

You see how right I am about you - I am sure you would have got yourself into trouble long ago for the absent Prince Charlie[3]! -


[p. 2] Directly the Albums[5] come I shall attend to them - and in a day or two be able to send you new lithograph[6] -

The account you will see into yourself - At present I have received the two cheques - that is £30 -

Can't you let us look at a marked catalogue of that sale at Christie's when the "Music Room"[7] went? I want to see the other prices -

I would send it back to you -

Must be off at once -

Will write when send lithographs -

With kind regards

[butterfly signature]

Wait till you see my letter to some of those gentlemen[8]!! -

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1.  16 February [1894]
Dated by the reference to an auction (see below).

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

3.  Charlie
Prince Charles Edward Stewart (1720-1788), 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' [more].

4.  89
Written in another hand.

5.  Albums
Albums of photographs, mainly of paintings shown at Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

6.  lithograph
The lithograph Nursemaids: 'Les Bonnes du Luxembourg' (C.81) was published in The Art Journal, vol. 46, no. 120, December 1894; see #03365.

7.  Music Room
Harmony in Green and Rose: The Music Room (YMSM 34) was sold at auction, Christie's, London, 10 February 1894 (lot 69); it was sold by Julia de Kay Revillon (1855-1930), née Whistler, JW's niece [more], and bought by 'Collin' or 'Collard' for £199.10.0, although Thomson states that it was bought by William Paterson, Glasgow art dealer.

8.  gentlemen
Patrons such as John Gerald Potter (1829-1908), wallpaper manufacturer and patron [more], who had sold Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52) and Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Cremorne Lights (YMSM 115) in 1893 for £1400 to Arthur ('Peter') Haythorne Studd (1863-1919), painter and collector [more]. See JW's earlier letter to Thomson, 12 February [1894], #08252.