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Little Venice (The Little Venice)

Series/Portfolio:
First Venice Set ("Venice: Twelve Etchings," 1880)
Artist:
James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)
Publisher:
The Fine Art Society
Date:
1879–80
Medium:
Etching and drypoint; second state of two (Glasgow); printed in black ink with selectively wiped ink on medium weight cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Plate: 7 5/16 × 10 7/16 in. (18.5 × 26.5 cm) Sheet: 7 3/8 × 10 9/16 in. (18.7 × 26.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.3.85
Not on view
Born in New England, Whistler studied painting in Paris and then based himself in London. There he introduced the French practice of etching and lithographing as seriously as one painted. In his prints of the river Thames, as in those of the lagoons of Venice, Whistler developed subtle tonal variations that alluded dreamily to a triumph of water and air over substance.
Signature: In plate: butterfly monogram; In graphite: butterfly monogram and "imp" on tab

Inscription: In plate: butterfly monogram; In graphite: butterfly monogram and "imp" on tab

Marking: John Pomeroy Townsend 1832-1898, New York, blue stamp verso, not in Lugt
Harris Brisbane Dick; Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
Kennedy 183 only state; Glasgow 238 ii/ii; Mansfield 180
Howard Mansfield A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings and Drypoints of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Caxton Club, 1909, cat. no. 180.

Edward Guthrie Kennedy, Royal Cortissoz The Etched Work of Whistler: illustrated by reproductions in collotype of the different states of the plates. The Grolier Club, 1910, cat. no. 183 only state.

Katharine A. Lochnan The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler. Ex. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 14–November 11, 1984; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, November 24, 1984–January 13, 1985. Yale University Press, Art Gallery of Ontario, New Haven, 1984, cat. no. 209, pp.195, 214, 281.

Alastair Grieve Whistler's Venice. New Haven and London, 2000, fig. no. 235, pp. 179-80, 189.

Margaret F. MacDonald Palaces in the Night: Whistler in Venice. Aldershot and California, 2001, pp. 68, 88, 90-1, 94, 120, 128, 139.

Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Joanna Meacock James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonné, University of Glasgow on-line website at http://etchings.arts.gla.ac.uk. University of Glasgow, 2012, cat. no. 238 ii/ii.



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