Documents associated with: Winter Exhibition, Royal Society of British Artists, London, 1887-1888
Record 4 of 30
21, WELLINGTON STREET, STRAND, W. C.
Septr 5 1887.
Dear Mr Whistler
Enclosed is one of the blocks for you to try. I hope it will prove satisfactory.
I have also enclosed a small parcel of 3 chalks to be used on this paper. They are extremely hard and brittle, but they have the advantage of not thickening when transferred to stone, as all the other chalks will do from the pressure put upon them and the moisture used. I expect you [p. 2] will get used to them with the rapidity with which you master everything you touch - they are made expressly for this work. You will be sorry to hear that my father is not at all well just now, so much so as to be unable to attend to business.
May I ask you to be kind enough to let us have the two pastels back[,] the very beautiful one which you hung lately in Suffolk St and the figure on the balcony with the white mount? We all miss them so much especially the former. I shall post you proofs of the cover in the morning
[p. 3] with kind regards
your's very sincerely
Tom. R. Way
This letter was published in Spink, Nesta R., The Lithographs of James McNeill Whistler, gen. eds Harriet K. Stratis and Martha Tedeschi, Chicago, 1998, vol. 2, p. 43, no. 18.
A limestone block on which to draw a lithograph. JW took up lithography again in 1887.
4. 3 chalks