The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 03409
Date: [26 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 161
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]

Its all right Tom! -

Dont you be saddened about the little red picture[4]. You must go again and again -

I would stay where I was to please you all - but if I get on a bit ahead you will catch up in time - and by degrees! - so thats all right -

The proofs however have gone wrong - I can't make it out - All that I sent [p. 2] you from Paris always came out beautifully. Certainly these "Steps[5]" have gone to pieces, entirely - It was the best drawing of the lot -

I hope your Father[6] saw Huish[7] today - and told him I should go to the highest bidder! -

They are sending you a stone from Paris - a little drawing I had to do there and which had to be printed by Lemercier[8] - (It was transferred -) this is the original quite fresh - Pull some proofs.

[p. 1] Will write again directly -

With kindest regards to both

[butterfly signature]

Set up proofs of the Catalogue[9] as far as you have got. That is the way - and then we can see - and proceed -

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1.  [26 October 1895]
Dated 'Oct. 26 / 95' in pencil in another hand, on p. 1.

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. 141, no. 150.

4.  red picture
Crimson note: Carmen (YMSM 441).

5.  Steps
The Little Steps, Lyme Regis (C.131).

6.  Father
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

7.  Huish
Marcus Bourne Huish (1843 - d.1921), barrister, writer and art dealer, Director of the Fine Art Society [more].

8.  Lemercier
Lemercier, lithographic printer in Paris [more]. The lithograph was Girl with Bowl (C.118). It was published in L'Ymagier, 2, no. 5, 10 October 1895.

9.  Catalogue
Way, Thomas R., Mr. Whistler's Lithographs: the Catalogue, London, 1896.