The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03404
Date: [10 October 1895][1]
Author: JW
Place: Lyme Regis
Recipient: Thomas Robert Way[2]
Place: London
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 156
Credit Line: Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer
Document Type: ALS[3]

Royal Lion

Have told them to send you both cards for Private View "Portrait Society" - Have a "Crimson Note[4]" there - Go and see it -

New proofs arrived - Not come out well Tom! - will write about them presently - Dont print any more of the last four[5] - Dont show them either to anyone - The Landlord[6] is bad and doubtless my fault entirely -


[butterfly signature]

Why such vast difference with the first?

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[postcard:] To
Thomas R. Way. Junr.
21. Wellington Street
[postmark:] LYME.REGIS / B / OC 10 / 95


1.  [10 October 1895]
Dated from postmark.

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

3.  ALS
Published by Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, pp. 138-39, no. 145.

4.  Crimson Note
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441) at 5th Exhibition, Society of Portrait Painters, London, 1895.

5.  last four
The mention of new proofs and the last four probably refers to further proofs of some of the seven earlier subjects and to a group of four more recent subjects proved by Way: John Grove (C.126), The Blacksmith (C.127), The Brothers (C.128), The Old Smith's Story (C.129). See letter from T. R. Way to JW about the difficutly of transferring the drawings, 1 October 1895, #06123.

6.  Landlord
John Grove (b. ca 1836), landlord of the Royal Lion Hotel, Lyme Regis [more], who sat for John Grove (C.126).