The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03408
Date: [29/30 September 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 160
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]

'25 Oct 95'

Royal Lion Hotel. Lyme Regis.

My dear Tom -

One thing to do about this question of the "chalked side" of the paper is to notice the Butterfly - The right side is like this [butterfly signature] - You see at once the direction of the tail - Compare them all with this one - and you will scarcely make a mistake -

However to further help you I will try and remember the drawings as they ought to be right side up:

[p. 2, sketches:] No. 1. "The Good Shoe[4]". No. 2. "The Sunny Smithy." No. 3. "The Master Smith". No. 4. "Father and Son"

No. 5 "The Strong Arm" No. 6. The Little Doorway" No. 7. The Smiths Yard.

[p. 3] I shall have another half dozen ready directly - Indeed probably by tomorrows post you will receive two more - In which case write me a card to say safely arrived -

In future I will write in pencil or ink "Good" on the chalked side - in a corner -

I am glad you both like the drawings - & I do trust they will come out well - for I believe them to be much advanced in simple treatment.

In haste

[butterfly signature]

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Thomas R. Way. Junr.
21. Wellington Street

[verso:] Sketches

[postmark:] LYME·REGIS / D / OC 25 / 95
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. / S. M. P. / 7K / OC 26 / 95


1.  [29/30 September 1895]
This is a reply to T. R. Way's letter of 28 September 1895, #06122, thus the envelope, though long associated with the letter and marked 'sketches', can not belong to it.

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, p. 137, no. 143.

4.  The Good Shoe
There are seven pen and ink sketches by JW of these subjects, Lyme Regis lithographs (M.1443). The lithographs are The Good Shoe (C.122), The Sunny Smithy (C.121), The Master Smith (C.120), Father and Son (C.123), The Strong Arm (C.125), The Little Doorway, Lyme Regis (C.119) and The Smith's Yard (C.124).