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System Number: 03346
Date: [16 October 1893][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: Thomas Robert Way[2]
Place: London
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 102
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]

110. Rue du Bac. Paris.

My dear Tom -

It is all right now about showing the proofs[4] to anyone you like - I have not as yet satisfied myself about the new drawings but soon you will have them -

What was it you said about my own portrait[5]? - I have forgotten & can't find your letter -

You might write me a line -

[p. 2] And now This is what I especially want - and you might send it to me by return - I am doing something on stone[6] as well - and I want you to send me the exact formula for the liquid your Father[7] gave me to use for the wash[8] on stone - I mean for painting.

I have got the solid ink to grind - (a long cake or stick like Indian Ink) - and I remember you used to heat the saucer - But now what was the liquid? Indeed were there not two? and if so what were they each for? - There is of course the English Chemist where I can have anything made up if you send the prescription in English measures -

with kindest messages

[butterfly signature]

This document is protected by copyright.


Thomas Way. Junr -
21. Wellington Street -
London -
[postmark:] PARIS / DEPART / N 18 / [OC]T / [illegible] / 93


1.  [16 October 1893]
Dated from the sequence of correspondence between JW and Way; Way replied on 17 October 1893 (#06100). '16 -/93' is written in another hand at the top of p. 1.

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

3.  ALS
Published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, p. 65, no. 49.

4.  showing the proofs
JW had warned Way not to divulge his methods of using the stump in making lithographs, but did not mind people seeing the results ([8 October 1893], #03343).

5.  my own portrait
r.: Portrait of the Artist; v.: Nude (M.683). See JW's letter to Way, [31 October 1893], #03345.

6.  on stone
Way refused to divulge his secret mixture for use in lithotints.

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

8.  wash
This wash was composed of grease particles suspended in water or dissolved in other solutions. It was applied with a brush and produced an effect like watercolour (see Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, pp. 207-15). JW used this lithotint technique in conjunction with lithography. In November JW wanted to use the wash process again, and wrote to Way asking for a lump of ink and bottles of mixture; see #03353. For Way's reply, see #06104, #06105.