The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 09574
Date: [26 September 1894][1]
Author: JW
Place: [Paris]
Recipient: Thomas Way[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Published
Document Type: PLfc[3]

[...] But I am charmed, my dear Way with the quality of these last three drawings!

Surely you must feel with me that there is something about the proofs that is more fascinating than what we obtained from the other paper. In the first place they are much more like absolute drawings on the stone itself direct....

Now the two proofs of the 'Dormeuse[4]' are really delightful. Here you can scarcely complain of blemishes in the paper. Do you? And the 'Robe Rouge[5].' Compare these with the La New Yorkaise[6] which I was so pleased with. Is there not a colour and a sweetness about these last more sympathetic than what the other yields?...

There is something hard and ungracious about the thicker paper, and only the most dexterous and smart works leaves us with pleasant results. For instance the 'Forge of the Passage du Dragon[7]' gives very poor results for the amount of work put into it....

Take again the 'Priests House Rouen[8],' as I drew I hope for a beautiful picture. Well it is a dull mealy tiresome thing, and by the way the time has come to do away with that drawing. Please destroy it at once....

You see I am sacrificing etchings and all for these lithographs! a real triumph for you.

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1.  26 September 1894
This is response to Way's letter of 25 September 1894, in which Way complained of the thin transfer paper used by JW, #06117.

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

3.  PLfc
Published in an unidentified sale catalogue, dated '25th September, 1894' and described as '4 closely written pages. Oblong 8vo ...With envelope.' for sale at £22 10s (Glasgow University Library, Whistler presscuttings); published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, p. 124, no. 124.

4.  Dormeuse
La Belle Dame endormie (C.108).

5.  Robe Rouge
La Robe rouge (C.107).

6.  La New Yorkaise
La Jolie New Yorkaise (C.99).

7.  Forge of the Passage du Dragon
Either The Forge, Passage du Dragon (C.102) or The Smith, Passage du Dragon (C.103).

8.  Priests House Rouen
The Priest's House, Rouen (C.105).