Documents associated with: lithographic stump
Record 12 of 16
System Number: 03353
Date: [28 November 1893]
Recipient: Thomas Robert Way
Repository: Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Call Number: FGA Whistler 109
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
110. Rue du Bac - Paris -
My dear Tom -
Now this is my notion - I want your [p. 2] Father to take a transfer of the lying down figure as it is on the stone, and put it onto another stone that he will have prepared for painting upon!
Send me the stone packed in a little box like the one I sent by Marty - It will run no risk here, for they tell me they are much accustomed to receiving them at the customs, and if you put on the outside Pierre Lithographique, they are not even likely to open it - Besides put Dessin pas fixé Prière avoir Grands Soins - and address to me [p. 3] 86. Rue Notre Dame des Champs - adding after my name Artiste Peintre -
Then I can with a few touches of the brush make a wonderful thing of it!! -
Of course you will send lump of ink such as I used before and the two little bottles of mixture (marking which for painting and which for washing out)
Perhaps they had better come by post -
Now I sent the proof that your Father might see what I am up to - Dont show it and send it back to me -
[p. 4] Many pleasant things to both of you -
In great haste.
Tom Way. Junr -
21. Wellington Street
[stamp x 2:] POSTE / 25 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[stamp:] POSTE / 5 / REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE
[postmark:] PARIS - 80 / R. DU BAC / 8E 28 / NOV / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON [W. C.?] / S. M. P. / KM / NO 29 / 93
1. [28 November 1893]
Dated from the postmark; dated in pencil in another hand on p. 1, '28 Novr 93'.
Published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, pp. 75-76, no. 61.
Dutch antique paper.
10. Pierre Lithographique
Double underlined; Fr., lithographic stone.
11. Dessin pas ... Soins
Fr., Drawing not fixed, please handle with great care.
12. lump of ink
JW wished to work with lithotint; the lump of ink may have been a stick of tusche, or solid ink, which was dissolved in water or another solvent to form a range of tonal washes for painting on the lithographic stone, rather than crayon estompe, which Whistler had used previously for stump work (see #03346 and #03350). The bottle of mixture for painting may have contained a solution for mixing with the stick of tusche; the washing out solution suggests a solvent used in the processing of the image before inking the stone for printing, or prior to fixing the image on the stone. T. R. Way, in his reply, was reluctant to divulge his father's secrets (#06100).