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James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Becquet

1859

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J. Becquet, Sculptor (The Fiddler). 1859. Drypoint. 10 1/8 x 7 51/2 (sheet 12 3/4 x 9 1/2). Series: "Sixteen Etchings or Scenes on the Thames and Other Subjects" (Thames Set), plate 8. Illustrated: Print Collector's Quarterly 1 (1911): 36; Salaman's book, Modern Masters of Etching: Whistler; Guichard's book British Etchers, 1850-1940. Very slight toning and several unobtrusive spots well outside the image. An extremely rich impression with plate tone, printed on the Japanese mulberry paper with full margins. Unsigned. Housed in a 19 5/8 x 14 5/8-inch black and gold Hogarth style frame. Whistler's portrait captures the musician's direct gaze and suggests that the musician and his instrument are inseparable by dissolving the lines of the cello into Becquet's body. The French sculptor and musician, Just Becquet (1829-1907), was a friend of the artist who, according to Joseph Pennell's Whistler Journal, lived in his studio among "disorder and his cello". Kennedy writes, "Whistler told me that this plate was originally an oblong etching of West Point, made by an old classmate, who brought it to him for his opinion. Whistler scraped off the view of West Point and put Becquet in its place; why, he did not say. At the lower right corner the stacked muskets may be plainly seen; possibly it was in order to cover them that the earliest impressions (I) were printed with a frisket." James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) achieved fame as a painter, He was also a serious and innovative printmaker, producing some 450 etchings and about 180 lithographs. His imagery and the technical means that he developed for etching and for printing plates influenced not only his fellow printmakers in Europe and America but also many others who followed.

Details

  • Creator
    James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903, American)
  • Creation Year
    1859
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.63 in. (49.87 cm)Width: 14.63 in. (37.17 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    One 2-mm missed inking spot between the two ship masts on the right; otherwise an excellent proof. A rich impression printed on antique cream laid paper.
  • Gallery Location
    Storrs, CT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU33526068412

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