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System Number: 08307
Date: [30 July 1895][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]

'Rec'd Augt 1st July 31st 1895'

110. Rue du Bac - Paris

Dear Mr. Thomson -

It is in no way a responsibility of yours, when, in reply to such a request as Mr McCullough's[4], I send a message to be delivered - but - what you have not thought of - you make for yourself a responsibility when, in lieu of my answer, you say something of your own by way of a compromise!

Now what did you tell your client? for an answer of some kind you must have given him - And with the best intention in the world, it is not fair to me that you should invent something of a weak or shifty reply - He is not to think that I am either sullen or grudging - He ought to learn that my stand in this matter is one of principle - and if he [p. 2] be the good sort you say he is, he would have been all the better pleased to know that his picture[5] is fully signed - and he would appreciate the clear way in which I put it - So you had better send him a copy of that part of my letter which refers to him, or give me his address, and I will write to him myself -

Now about Kennedy[6] - you are mistaken in supposing him a good Scotchman - good he is - but a good Irishman! - hence the O. K! -

The Sarasate[7] - I once sent you a photograph of the picture - Have you not still got it by chance? - Otherwise I must look up the negative - Tell Prange[8] if I find it he shall have a proof at once - or else he can have the picture photographed - I will write -

I hear that Tadema[9] has been giving a lecture, (to the students of the R A) in which I am referred to - respectfully, but with sorrow! - Can't you get it for me? -

Very Sincerely Yours

J McN Whistler

What about Mr Ionides[10]? Have you delivered to him my message? -

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D. C. Thomson - Esq
Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street
[postmark:] PARIS-20 / 195 BD ST GERMAIN / 3E 30 / JUIL / 95
[postmark on verso:] LON[DON] / JY [...] / 95


1.  30 July 1895
Dated from the postmark, and the date of receipt written at the top of p. 1 by Thomson.

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

3.  ALS
'18A' is written in another hand in red ink at top left, and '141' in pencil at bottom right of p. 1, and also on the envelope.

4.  Mr McCullough's
George McCulloch (d. 1915), landscape painter [more].

5.  picture
Arrangement in Grey: Portrait of the Painter (YMSM 122); after buying it, McCulloch had asked for it to be signed, but JW insisted that it was already signed (see JW's letter to D. C. Thomson, [11 July 1895], #08305).

6.  Kennedy
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932), dealer with H. Wunderlich and Co., New York [more].

7.  Sarasate
Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315).

8.  Prange
Francis Gerard Prange (b. ca 1843), London art dealer [more].

9.  Tadema
Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), painter [more].

10.  Mr Ionides
Alexander ('Aleco') Ionides (1840-1898), businessman [more].