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System Number: 08384
Date: [21 November 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: [London]
Recipient: David Croal Thomson[2]
Place: London
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: ALS[3]

Dear Mr. Thomson -

Very many thanks for what you tell me of the Albums[4] - I shall come round and arrange with you about sending off the West Point one when I get up to town -

Also taken note about the drawing of Sara[5] -

March. Yes I fancy that we will [p. 2] turn out a very pretty show[6] - if you only think over before hand what I try to impress upon you about the Gallery - I shouldn't like it as it stands - & I shouldn't like it left to the last moment when there might be no hope of doing any thing - You see I have even thought of the possibility of having one or two full lengths!! -

Baronet[7]. I mean the decision against which he[8] appealed - and was the other day obliged to withdraw his appeal & pay all the costs! I therefore remained in full possession of the picture - Which he had tried hard to have seized! -

This must go now. Thats right about the frames. Will wire when & where.

Very sin[cere]ly.

[butterfly signature]

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D. C. Thomson - Esq.
The Goupil Galleries
5. Regent Street.
[postmark:] AXMINSTER / 10.45 AM / NO 21 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON. S.W. / R / NO 21/ 95


1.  [21 November 1895]
Dated from the postmark.

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

3.  ALS
'75C' is written in another hand in red ink at top left and '167' in pencil at bottom right on p. 1, and also on the envelope.

4.  Albums
A selection of photographs of paintings, mostly those from Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892.

5.  Sara
Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), née Henrietta Rosine Bernard, actress [more]. The drawing was r.: Maud Franklin; v.: Study of Maud Franklin (M.693). It was not in fact a drawing of Bernhardt although she wrote on the glass that it was very like her!

6.  show
An exhibition of oils proposed for March 1895 was abandoned, mainly because of the terminal illness of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more].

7.  Baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more].

8.  he
'he appealed ... possession of' is written in the left margin of p. 2; 'the picture ... seized!-' in the right margin of p. 2; and the rest in the left margin of p. 1, at right angles to the main text.