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    Sale 1990

    Prints And Multiples

    29 - 30 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 36

    JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER

    The Palaces (K. 187)

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    JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER
    The Palaces (K. 187)
    etching, 1879-80, on laid paper, printed with delicate and atmospheric tone in the foreground, the second state (of three), signed in pencil with the butterfly and annotated 'imp' on the tab, also inscribed 'Mr Rawlinson' on the reverse with another small butterfly, the full sheet, a lightened area at lower left, a small pinhole at lower left, a few minute thinned spots at center right, very minor creasing at the tab, otherwise in very good condition
    S. 10 1/8 x 14¼ in. (257 x 362 mm.)


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    Whistler meticulously printed all the impressions of the First Venice Set, carefully inking and wiping the plates to vary the tonal effects. He annotated proofs that particularly pleased him with an 'o' next to his butterfly signature, as he did on this impression. According to an inscription on the reverse by noted dealer Frederick Keppel, 'this is the identical proof which Whistler exhibited in London when the Venice Etchings were first publicly shown.' This impression was in the collections of famed J.M.W. Turner scholar W.G. Rawlinson and eminent collector Albert W. Scholle.

    Provenance

    A. W. Scholle (Lugt 2923a)
    H. Whittemore (L. 1384a)