The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 06093
Date: 4 March 1892
Author: Thomas Robert Way[1]
Place: London
Recipient: JW
Place: [Paris]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler W90
Document Type: ALS


March 4 1892

Dear Mr Whistler

I have been in consultation with Mr Thompson[2] [sic] this morning about the private view card, and he asked me to have a fresh sketch made and send it direct to you to save time, and to explain what might be necessary. You will see that we have kept the same sized card, and for this reason, that it fits the envelopes of which there are 3000 ready addressed for thisyour Exhibition - Mr Thompson, however, said that if you liked he would have the press cards printed on a larger sized card, and have fresh envelopes made for them - I have not attempted to put the butterfly on this sketch, will you please put it exactly where you wish it to be -

[p. 2] the proof of the poster will be sent to you tomorrow.

You will be pleased to hear that the two days sale at Sotheby's of the great collection of your etchings made by Mr Hutchingson[3] [sic] was finished with great success today - prices are considered to have advanced all through. My father[4] managed to get about 10 - including "The long house Amsterdam[5]."

We send our heartiest congratulations on your last honour[6].

I remain
Yours very Sincerely

Tom. R. Way.

J. McN. Whistler Esqr.

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1.  Thomas Robert 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, p. 48, no. 27.

2.  Mr Thompson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more]. He was organising Nocturnes, Marines and Chevalet Pieces, Boussod, Valadon & Cie, Goupil Gallery, London, 1892. Thomson wrote to JW on the same day as this letter, mentioning that he had seen Way (#05695).

3.  Mr Hutchingson
Joshua Hutchinson Hutchinson (ca 1829 - d.1891), stock broker and collector [more].

4.  father
Thomas Way (1837-1915), lithographic printer [more].

5.  long house Amsterdam
Long House - Dyer's - Amsterdam (K.406).

6.  honour
JW had been made an Officier de la Legion d'Honneur.