The Mast - JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
Medium: etching and drypoint
JAMES A. MCNEILL WHISTLER
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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