Portrait of Lady Colin Campbell - FRANK DUVENECK
Drypoint, 1880, Poole 7; final state (first proof); edition unknown. 9 1/8 x 6 3/16 in. Unsigned but inscribed by Duveneck in pencil, "first proof." This is a superb impression printed with tone on off-white laid paper with a partial VAN GELDER watermark. The margins are wide with the four corners showing thinning and damage of various sorts from an early non-archival mount. This "final state" impression is cited in the 1938 Poole article from the Print Collector's quarterly, which is to-date the only published catalogue on Duveneck's etchings. (The Cincinnati Art Museum owns an earlier trial proof formerly owned by Otto Bacher as well as a pencil sketch of the subject.) Our impression is from the Murray Seasongood collection (Cincinnati) and it also bears the stamp, verso, of A. Voigtlander-Tetzner, Lugt 196a. He was a Frankfurt art dealer and collector. Lady Colin Campbell (1857-1911) was prominent in European literary and artistic circles and was friendly with Whistler, George Bernard Shaw and "exchanged insults" with Oscar Wilde. There's a wonderful painting of her by Boldini which is now in the National Gallery, London. This print is extremely rare and it shows a distinctive, painterly dimension to Duveneck's graphic art.
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