Documents associated with: signature
Record 7 of 14
System Number: 08307
Date: [30 July 1895]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS
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, 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 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 - you are mistaken in supposing him a good Scotchman - good he is - but a good Irishman! - hence the O. K! -
The Sarasate - 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 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 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? Have you delivered to him my message? -
D. C. Thomson - Esq
5. Regent Street
[stamp:] POSTE / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE / 25
[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.
'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.
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).