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The Little Mast -  WHISTLER

The Little Mast
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
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 Kitchen -  WHISTLER

The Kitchen
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching, 1858, Glasgow 16 (ii/III), Kenedy 24 (ii/III); 67 impressions are recorded in the Glasgow catalogue. 8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in. Signed in the plate in the lower right. This is a very fine impression printed with plate tone on chine appliqué. The margins are substantial measuring about 1 1/8" to 1 1/2" in. The condition is fine apart from a very faint suggestion of toning within an earlier mat opening and traces of an old adhesive, verso, along the top edge of the sheet. This outstanding early work by Whistler was published in the "French Set" in this state with the name and address of the printer in the lower right ("Imp. Delâtre. Rue St. Jacques. 171."). An impression of the first state has not been located by the Whistler Etchings Project. Thirty-nine impressions of this important etching are listed in museum collections and today it's considered to be an uncommon print.
$9,000

Title page for the French Set (Douze Eaux Fortes d'après Nature) -  WHISTLER

Title page for the French Set (Douze Eaux Fortes d'après Nature)
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching, 1858, Glasgow 22, Kennedy 25; (only state), edition unknown. 4 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate. Dedicated to Seymour Haden with "a Mon Viel Ami." This is an especially fine impression printed on light cream laid paper with full margins. (The watermark, Britannia, is listed as #60 (lifetime impressions) in the Art Institute volume II on Whistler's lithographs.) The condition here is very fine. Glasgow cites 56 known impressions which makes this an uncommon print. The initials "RB" appear on the verso in ink which is not listed in Lugt.
$2,200

Little Evelyn -  WHISTLER

Little Evelyn
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Lithograph, 1896, Art Institute of Chicago 146, Levy 159; from the pencil signed edition of 21(?). 7 x 4 3/4 in. Signed on the stone with the butterfly monogram. Signed in pencil below the image, also with the butterfly. This is a superb, lifetime impression printed on a light cream Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is very good. On the verso is the square Birnie Philip stamp (Lugt 405). This lovely and popular print was published in The Art Journal in an edition of about 3,000 impressions. There was also a posthumous edition by Goulding of 16 impressions printed in 1903. This is a portrait of the daughter of Whistler's longtime friend, David C. Thomson.
$5,000

Old Battersea Bridge -  WHISTLER

Old Battersea Bridge
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Lithograph, 1879 and 1887, Art Institute of Chicago 18 (ii/II), Levy 24,; edition 100. 5 7/8 x 13 in. Signed on the stone with the butterfly signature at left. This is a fine, nicely inked impression printed on greyish chine applique. The margins are wide and the condition is very good apart from faint toning at the extreme edges of the wove support sheet. This impression was published in a portfolio called "Art Notes," printed by Way and published by Boussod, Valadon and Co in 1887.
$5,000

Longshore Men -  WHISTLER

Longshore Men
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 52 (iii/IV); Kennedy 45 (i/I), edition unknown. 6 x 8 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a fine, crisp impression printed without much plate tone. The paper is Japanese and the margins are probably full and untrimmed. Very good condition apart from a couple of ink smudges in the margin and two other tiny spots of discoloration. In this, the third state, the verticle lines through the hat of man in the back with the pipe have yet to be removed. This successful print was never part of a published set, i.e. the Thames Set, even though it fits nicely within that theme.
$2,500

Limehouse -  WHISTLER

Limehouse
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
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

Fumette -  WHISTLER

Fumette
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching, 1858, Glasgow 12 (v/V), Kennedy 13 (iv/IV); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. Signed in the plate lower right. This is a fine impression printed on off-white laid paper. The margins are wide and the condition is quite good other than for a very faint suggestion of toning from an early mat opening. "Fumette," ("Eloise"); a working girl, a young seamstress or milliner, described in the Glasgow catalogue as a "grisette." She was also known to be a woman of vivid and fiery character.
$1,650

Eagle Wharf -  WHISTLER

Eagle Wharf
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 50 (i/I), Kennedy 41 (i/I); edition unknown. 5 7/16 x 8 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. This is a superb, dark impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. The condition is fine apart from a few tiny, incidental losses here and there at the sheet edges. This stellar print was published as part of the Thames Set. Eagle Wharf was in Wapping on the River Thames in London.
$5,500

San Giorgio -  WHISTLER

San Giorgio
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
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

Reading by Lamplight -  WHISTLER

Reading by Lamplight
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
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.
SOLD

The Music Room -  WHISTLER

The Music Room
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
American, (1834-1903)
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

Portrait  of Stow Wengenroth -  WILLIAMS

Portrait of Stow Wengenroth
KEITH SHAW WILLIAMS
American, (1905-1951)
Etching, circa 1940, edition unknown. 7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream-colored paper. The margins are full. The condition is quite good other than a suggestion of toning within an earlier mat opening. This is an uncommon print.
SOLD

Boy Lighting a Pipe -  WOOD

Boy Lighting a Pipe
THOMAS WATERMAN WOOD
American, (1823-1903)
Etching, 1888, edition unknown. 17 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. Signed in the plate and signed in pencil, lower right. This work was published by J. D. Waring, New York and by the Society of American Etchers (with their blindstamp). This is a fine, luminous impression on Japanese paper. The margins are substantial and the condition is fine. There is an etched remarque below the image of the same boy not feeling well from having smoked the pipe. This is a typical, late 19th century genre image by Wood and it probably relates to a painting.
$1,250

December Afternoon -  WOOD

December Afternoon
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1941, Johnson 18, Cole 16; edition 250. 9 x 11 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. the condition is excellent with two small hinges from the original AAA matting. We also have the label that came with the print as issued.
SOLD

July Fifteenth -  WOOD

July Fifteenth
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1938, Johnson 6, Cole 3; edition 250. 9 x 12 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on wove paper bearing the watermark "G.C.M." The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from slight thinning in the upper corners, verso, from earlier hinges. The edition was printed by George Miller.
SOLD

Tree Planting Group -  WOOD

Tree Planting Group
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1937, Johnson 1, Cole 1; edition 250. 8 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in excellent condition. The margins are full and untrimmed. This exemplary American print from the 1930s depicts an Arbor Day celebration at a rural Iowa schoolhouse. Grant Wood's great skills as a draughtsman are here readily apparent.
$8,000

March -  WOOD

March
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1941, Johnson 17, Cole 14, edition 250. 9 x 11 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from the faintest suggestion of toning within an earlier mat opening. This print was published in 1941 by Associated American Artists. The great design of this work gives it a strikingly modernist look.
SOLD

Fertility -  WOOD

Fertility
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1939, Cole 15, edition 250. 9 x 11 15/16 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression in fine condition. The margins are full. (This print comes to us in the original AAA mat with their label. There are early hinges at the top corners.) This is an outstanding example of the artist's work in the medium.
SOLD

In the Spring -  WOOD

In the Spring
GRANT WOOD
American, (1891-1942)
Lithograph, 1939, Cole 13, edition 250. 8 15/16 x 11 13/16 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression with wide margins. The condition is fine apart frame a very faint suggestion of toning along the edge of an old mat opening. Like all of Grant Wood's lithographs, detail and design are paramount. The farmer is is brimming with optimism after another day of hard work.
SOLD

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