Little Arthur - JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
Etching, 1857-58, Glasgow 8 (iv/IV), Kennedy 9 (v/V); from a small edition. 2 3/16 x 1 16/16 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. This is a superb, crisp impression printed in black ink on chine appliqué. The paper is a sturdy, white wove and this large sheet measures an astonishing 17 x 11 15/16 in. The condition is fine. Although Kennedy records this as the fifth state, there are only four states as described in the online Glasgow catalogue. "The copper plate may have been reduced in size in London, and Delâtre's name removed, for the fourth state, when Whistler and Haden undertook to print the edition. It was then printed for the English edition of the 'French Set.'" There were two formal editions of the "French Set," ('Twelve Etchings from Nature'); the Paris edition of twenty impressions (3rd state), and the English edition of 50 impressions in the fourth state. This is the finest impression we have seen of this print. The dramatic inking of the plate conveys a Rembrandt like flair of detail and shadow; successfully rendered on a very small scale.
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