The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler

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System Number: 06088
Date: 31 October 1887
Author: Thomas Robert Way[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W85
Document Type: ALS[2]


October 31 1887

Dear Mr Whistler

I propose coming down to see you at your studio if you will be there tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, as I have a large roll of old unfinished and blank Canvasses[3] to bring you which you might like and we have been clearing out lately, (of course they are all painted by you,) and I want to get another lot of the proofs up to Goupil's[4] if you can let me have another ten. I should come about 3 pm, So if you won't be there will you let me know by return here

Your's sincerely

Tom R. Way

[p. 2] 'Tom Way[5]'

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1.  Thomas Robert Way
Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), printer, lithographer and painter [more].

2.  ALS
Published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, p. 44, no. 20.

3.  unfinished and blank Canvasses
When JW went bankrupt in 1879, some canvases were destroyed, and he was allowed to retain unfinished or blank canvasses. Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more], as one of the chief creditors, and a close friend and supporter of JW, kept some of these and returned them to JW (see for instance, Sketch for 'Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso Bay' (YMSM 74)). See Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, pp. 135-136.

4.  proofs up to Goupil's
Goupil and Co. had premises at 116 New Bond Street in 1884. In 1885 Boussod, Valadon, and Co. were recorded at this address. In 1888, 116-17 New Bond Street was occupied by the Goupil Gallery, Boussod, Valadon, and Co. In November 1887, Boussod, Valadon and Co. published a set of lithographs by JW entitled Notes (Limehouse (C.7), Nocturne (C.8), Gaiety Stage Door (C.14), Victoria Club (C.15), Reading (C.17), Old Battersea Bridge (C.18); see #06128, and Way, Thomas Robert, Memories of James McNeill Whistler, the Artist, London and New York, 1912, p. 87). The printing costs due to Thomas Way for editioning these sets were included in JW's bill, but remained unpaid until 1897 (Spink, 1998, App. II. 4, entries for 1887).

5.  Tom Way
Added in another hand in pencil, possibly that of JW.