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James Abbott McNeill Whistler Etching & Drypoint, 1859, "Lime-Burner"



James Abbott McNeill Whistler, (1834-1903) "W. Jones, Lime-Burner, Thames Street." from the Thames Set, 1871. Etching and drypoint. Etched 1859. Printed, 1871. Kennedy catalog 46state ii; Glasgow catalog 55 state ii. Measures: 9 7/8 x 6 7/8 (sheet 14 1/4 x 9 1/4). Presents in a 4 ply archival mat, unframed. Glasgow records 98 known impressions. Issued as plate 9 in "Sixteen Etchings or Scenes on the Thames and other subjects." (Thames Set). Illustrated: Print Collector's Quarterly 1 (1911): 35; Guichard, British Etchers, 1850-1940. A richly-inked impression printed on antique cream laid paper. Signed and dated in the plate. During his formative years in Paris in the 1850s, Whistler was influenced by the injunctions of the poet and theorist Charles Baudelaire that artists should take subjects from 'modern life' and seek a new beauty in the teeming cities. Whistler's first major suite of prints, his 'French Set' brought critical acclaim but disappointing sales. Seeking more generous patrons, he moved to London in 1859. Initially under the influence of his brother-in-law Francis Seymour Haden, a Pioneer of the 'etching revival', he began a series of superbly observed and finely detailed views of the River Thames with its shipping, thriving wharves and picturesque characters. In his 'Thames Set' etchings Whistler often introduced the figures of workmen, boatmen or loungers in the foregrounds. Here, however, the figure - 'W. Jones, Lime-burner of Thames Street' - is made the central element, while the view to the river beyond becomes almost incidental.


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    Height: 14.25 in. (36.2 cm)Width: 9.25 in. (23.5 cm)Depth: .02 in. (0.51 mm)
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