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System Number: 03341
Date: [20 September 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 98
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]

[telegraph form:] TÉLÉGRAMME [...]

110. Rue du Bac Paris.

My dear Tom.

Just a line in great haste to tell you that I am delighted with the proofs[4] - I dont want anything done to them - They are most delicate and beautifully printed - The stump skies I think charming - and quite enough - There is a delightful velvety quality about them - and I just want you at once to print out all the paper I have sent with these proofs - divided among them -

I don't know what you mean by finding the paper dreadfully stained - I like it - and it is so nice of you to send me the proofs already pressed & flat - It makes all the difference - Do so always, and by the way do press out beautifully the coloured proof[5] I sent you & then you will see the value of the three colours and that it[6] does not want more -

I shall soon send you new things -

Always sincerely

J McN Whistler

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Thomas Way. Junr.
21. Wellington Street
London -
[postmark:] PARIS - 80 / R. DU BAC / 8E 20 / SEPT / 93
[postmark on verso:] LONDON W. C. / S. M. P. / KM / SP 21 / 93


1.  [20 September 1893]
Dated from the postmark. '20 Sep 93' is written in pencil in another hand on p. 1.

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

3.  ALS
This was written on a telegraph form but sent as a letter. Published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, no. 45, pp. 62-63.

4.  proofs
The proofs were The Marketplace, Vitré (C.62), Vitré: The Canal (C.63), Gabled Roofs (C.64) and The Clock-Makers, Paimpol (C.65). Proofs of The Fireplace (C.61), which JW had asked Way to destroy, may also have been included.

5.  coloured proof
Possibly Red House, Paimpol (C.66).

6.  and that it...
'and that ... Whistler' is written in the left margin at right angles to the main text.