The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01853
Date: 4 August 1897
Author: Greenfield and Cracknell[1]
Place: London
Recipient: George and William Webb[2]
Place: London
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G218
Document Type: ALS




4th August 1897

Without Prejudice

Dear Sirs,

Way & Whistler[3].

We have seen our Client upon our interview of Saturday last and are prepared on behalf of Mr Way to agree to a settlement upon the following terms viz:-

£100 in cash to be paid down

A promissory note for £75 to be given payable six months after date, carrying interest at 5% from day of settlement until payment -

Mr Way to forthwith give up to Mr Whistler all lithographic stones with the designs thereon with the exception of the two stones "Siesta" and "The Thames"[4] (Lithotint) - These two stones to be retained by Mr Way until the payment of the promissory note for £75 - On payment off of the promissory note Mr Way will be prepared to deliver up the two stones "Siesta" and "The Thames" and a roll of canvas portraits[5] -

On the delivery up of all the stones except the two specially mentioned, you, as Solicitors for Mr Whistler, to give an undertaking to hold the Lithographic stones with the designs thereon to the order and disposition of our Client until the promissory note for £75 has been paid -

As a further term of settlement our Client desires "in the interest of Art" to be allowed to print for Mr Whistler any number of [p. 2] copies off the stones "Siesta" and "The Thames" up to one hundred each, on being paid by Mr Whistler for so doing and Mr Way will undertake to print any number of these copies and to deliver them over on payment at any time during the six months that the promissory note is maturing for payment.

We shall be obliged if you will let us hear from you[6] before Friday next or earlier if possible that the above terms are agreed to as we are anxious to bring this long pending matter to a conclusion.

Yours truly -

Greenfield & Cracknell

C. R. F.

Messrs G & W. Webb
39 New Broad Street

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1.  Greenfield and Cracknell
Solicitors for T. Way.

2.  George and William Webb
JW's solicitors.

3.  Way
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more]. Published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, pp. 186-87, App. IV.14.

4.  'Siesta' and 'The Thames'
The Siesta (C.159) and The Thames (C.161). They were not reprinted as suggested.

5.  canvas portraits
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more], had acquired destroyed or partially destroyed portraits at the time of JW's bankruptcy in 1879.

6.  hear from you
A reply came from G. and W. Webb on 5 August 1897, offering to pay the £175 straight up (see #06240). This sum was less than Way's first bill of £191, which JW had refused to pay. The Webbs had told JW that they intended to see what reduction they could arrange with Way (see #06235).