James A. McNeill Whistler drypoints for sale

American, 1834-1903

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Arthur Haden -  WHISTLER

Arthur Haden
Drypoint, 1859, Kennedy 61, (i/III). Exceedingly rare in this state. 9 x 5 15/16 in. This is a superb impression printed on china paper, before the signature and date. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. The condition is very good. There is a small speck of foxing on the platemark, left side, center, and a small break in the paper, lower left, most likely from the printing process. This exceptional proof impression is a remarkable example of Whistler's ability to capture likeness and personality with great ease and spontaneity. Ex-collection: W.B. Dickerman, New York. (See Lugt 673.) Another first state impression is in the Freer Collection in Washington.
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Becquet -  WHISTLER

Becquet
Drypoint, 1859, edition unknown, Kennedy 52 (iv/IV). 10 x 7 5/8 in. Unsigned. This is fine, dark impression printed with plate tone on a very thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and this appears to be the full, uncut sheet. The condition is very good other then some slight discoloration from a previous mat opening. There is a small repair in the upper right corner margin well away from the image. This wonderful portrait was published as part of the Thames Set.
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C.L. Drouet, Sculptor -  WHISTLER

C.L. Drouet, Sculptor
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 3 (ii/II, restored), Kennedy 55 (ii/II), edition unknown. 8 3/4 x 6 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate. This is a good albeit late impression after the cancellation marks have been removed. The paper is a white wove and the margins are wide and probably full.
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Fanny Leyland -  WHISTLER

Fanny Leyland
Drypoint, 1873, Kennedy 108, (iv/VI), extremely rare in any state. 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. Signed in the plate with the butterfly. This is a fine impression of a very rare print. The margins are probably full with a deckle on three sides. The paper is 17th century laid with an old ink inscription, verso. The condition is very good. There is a tiny bit of insect damage in the margin way left and the trace of an old verticle centercrease. Ex-collection: W.B. Dickerman, New York (See Lugt 673.)
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Limehouse -  WHISTLER

Limehouse
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 48 (vi/VI), Kennedy 40 (iii/III), edition unknown. 5 x 8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a fine, dark impression of the final state, before cancellation. The paper is a cream-colored fibrous, thin Japanese. The condition is very good apart from slight lightening of the paper within an earlier mat opening. This print was published as part of Whistler's celebrated Thames Set in 1871. The plate was cancelled around 1894-95.
$4,000

Long Venice -  WHISTLER

Long Venice
Etching with drypoint, 1879-80, Glasgow 211 (viii/VIII); Kennedy 212 (v/V), edition 36. 5 x 11 15/16 in. Signed in the plate with the butterfly. Signed in pencil on the tab, lower left. This is a very fine impression printed on cream laid paper without a watermark. The condition is excellent. This exceptional panorama of the Grand Canal was published by Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibaudeau as part of "A Set of Twenty-six Etchings" (the 'Second Venice Set') in 1886.
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Reading by Lamplight -  WHISTLER

Reading by Lamplight
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 37 (iii/III); Kennedy 32 (ii/II), Glasgow lists forty known impressions. 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. This is a very fine impression printed on antique cream laid paper without a watermark. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is fine. The sitter is Deborah Haden (1825-1908), the wife of Seymour Haden.
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San Giorgio -  WHISTLER

San Giorgio
Etching and drypoint, 1879-80, Glasgow 214 (iv/V), Kennedy 201( iii/IV); 38 impressions recorded in the Glasgow catalogue. 8 1/16 x 11 7/8 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression before the butterfly in the plate and without a pencil signature. Trimmed along the platemark. The condition is very good. The paper bears a small fleur de lis watermark. This charming print was published as part of the Second Venice Set.
$5,500

Seymour Standing Under a Tree -  WHISTLER

Seymour Standing Under a Tree
Etching with drypoint, 1859, Kennedy 31, (ii/III); edition unknown. 5 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. Signed in the plate. This is a fine, early impression of the second state of three printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is also fine. This early print is described by Katharine Lochnan as, "Whistler's first landscape etching." (See: The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press, 1984; page 69.)
$3,200

Thames Police -  WHISTLER

Thames Police
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 53, (v/v), Kennedy 44, (iii/III); edition unknown. 6 x 8 15/16 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a very good impression as published in the Thames Set. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are probably full. (The condition is very good apart from slight toning in the outer extremities of the margins.) Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, NY (their label) and Tracy Dows (Lugt 2427).
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The Beggars -  WHISTLER

The Beggars
Etching and drypoint, 1879-1880, Kenedy 194 (ix/IX), Glasgow 190 (xvii/XVII); 57 known impressions cited in Glasgow. 12 x 8 1/4 in. Unsigned. This is a very fine, dramatic impression printed in 1903 by Frederick Goulding. The paper is a cream, fine laid with a strasbourg lily watermark. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. "The Beggars" is from Whistler's First Venice Set (A Series of Twelve Etchings). The Glasgow online catalogue of Whistler's etchings does a remarkable job sorting through the seventeen described states which is considerably more than the nine listed by Kennedy. Frederick Goulding, the master printed, was asked to fill out the edition of this print not long after Whistler died. (Goulding printed 22 proofs to complete the project.) Our impression is inscribed on the verso in ink, "F. Goulding, Printer, Nov. 27, 1903." The Glasgow catalogue states, "These last proofs, closely modelled on Whistler's, are fine examples of Goulding's work, dramatic in their use of ink tone to enhance the etched lines. They show the plates had survived in fine condition, and draw to an end the epic history of Whistler's Beggars." The plate was subsequently cancelled.
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The Forge -  WHISTLER

The Forge
Drypoint, 1861, Kennedy 68, (iv/IV), edition unknown. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and dated in the plate. A fine, dark impression printed on ultra-thin Japanese paper. Probably the full margins with a deckle showing on three sides. Very good condition other than old hinge adhesive in the top corners and minor soiling in the margins. This print is offered with an impression from the cancelled plate. One of the Sixteen Etchings."
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The Little Mast -  WHISTLER

The Little Mast
Etching and drypoint, 1879-1880, Glasgow 196 (v/VIII); Kennedy 185 (iv/IV), edition 50. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. Signed in the plate with the butterfly, upper right. Signed on the tab, lower left, with the pencil butterfly and "imp." This is a very fine impression printed in dark brown ink on cream-colored laid paper. There's a partial Strasbourg Lily watermark showing which appears to be # 301 in the Art Institute of Chicago catalogue of the lithographs. The condition is excellent apart from traces of two old paper hinges on the right side, verso, which are inconsequential. The printed surface is pristine. This outstanding Venice etching was published in the First Venice Set.
$13,500

The Mast -  WHISTLER

The Mast
Etching and drypoint, 1879-80, Kennedy 195, (iv/VI)**, edition unknown. 13 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. Signed in pencil with an elaborate butterfly lower left, just below the image. A superb impression printed in black ink on a full sheet of 18th century laid paper, without watermark. Full margins. Very good condition other than a repair in the margin at right. This is a newly discovered state between iv and v, with the butterfly just added but before the background is cleaned. There is selective inking around the standing figure at right. This remarkable proof impression sheds new light on current Whistler scholarship. Provenance: Knoedler, New York.
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The Music Room -  WHISTLER

The Music Room
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 39 (iv/IV), Kennedy 33 (ii/II); edition at least 54. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression, selectively inked, and printed on a fine laid paper with a difficult to read watermark. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is generally fine apart from a faint suggestion of a circular stain (?) in the right margin, well away from the image. On the left is Seymour Haden. James Reeves Traer is in the middle and Deborah Haden is at right. The Glasgow online catalogue of Whistler's etchings cites 54 known impressions of this work. Provenance: Wunderlich & Co., New York.
$4,000


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