Documents associated with: lithographic stump
Record 6 of 16
System Number: 03346
Date: [16 October 1893]
Recipient: Thomas Robert Way
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
110. Rue du Bac. Paris.
My dear Tom -
It is all right now about showing the proofs 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? - 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 as well - and I want you to send me the exact formula for the liquid your Father gave me to use for the wash 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
Thomas Way. Junr -
21. Wellington Street -
[stamp:] POSTE / 20 / REPUBL[IQUE FRANCAISE]
[postmark:] PARIS / DEPART / N 18 / [OC]T / [illegible] / 93
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.
6. on stone
Way refused to divulge his secret mixture for use in lithotints.
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.