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Record 13 of 16

System Number: 03355
Date: [3 December 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 112
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 -

I had thought also of a "second printing[4]" in the way of completion - for it is more that than correction - of the reclining figure[5] - but I reserved the proposal until I heard what your Father[6] said of the other way out -    Well all right - send me over a couple of pieces of the transparent paper and my proof and I will try that - No doubt the result will be extraordinary in some way! and these are all experiments for the wonderful things that are coming -

Do you think that the transparent paper will [p. 2] take the stump? - I daresay - if not I will use the chalk - I suppose I couldn't paint on it?! -

I hear from Monsieur Marty[7] that he has sent you the Japanese paper - so that is all right too! - By the way I take it for granted that you are going to transfer the seated figure[8] to another stone for the publication (as you did in the case of the Whirlwind[9]) - or you would have told me - Otherwise I should have had a batch of proofs off it for me first - Perhaps we may run over for a day or two at the end of the month and talk to you both! - I am sure I shall get amazing things out of this lithograph business yet - I am enchanted with it -

You had better print me also four proofs of each of the Brittany ones[10] - and send them on -

This must go! now

[butterfly signature]

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Thomas Way Junr.
21. Wellington Street
[postmark:] PARIS - 80 / R. DU BAC / 8E 3 / DE / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. / [...] / K M / DE 4 / 93


1.  [3 December 1893]
Dated from the postmark; also dated in pencil in another hand on p. 1, '3 Dec 93'.

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. 78-79, no. 65.

4.  second printing
See T. R. Way to JW, 30 November 1893, #06105.

5.  reclining figure
Nude Model, Reclining (C.73).

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

7.  Marty
André E. Marty (b. 1857), journalist, illustrator and print publisher [more].

8.  seated figure
The Draped Figure, Seated (C.72).

9.  Whirlwind
The Winged Hat (C.34) was the first of three lithographs to be published in The Whirlwind: A Lively and Eccentric Newspaper, 25 October 1890, under the title "Mr Whistler's 'Songs on Stone'." The original drawing on transfer paper had been sent to Way on about 15 November (#03348). The publication was followed by The Tyresmith (C.36) and Maunder's Fish Shop, Chelsea (C.37) in November and December.

10.  Brittany ones
The Steps, Luxembourg (C.68), Conversation under the Statue, Luxembourg Gardens (C.69), The Draped Figure, Seated (C.72), Nude Model, Reclining (C.73), and probably The Pantheon, from the terrace of the Luxembourg Gardens (C.70). These were in addition to the Brittany proofs he had ordered on 20 September 1893 (The Marketplace, Vitré (C.62), The Clock-Makers, Paimpol (C.65) and possibly The Fireplace (C.61); see #03341). JW had ordered these sets on 21 November 1893 (see #03350).