Item #CL184-23 Sketches On The Coast Survey Plate. James McNeill Whistler, Amer./Brit.
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Sketches On The Coast Survey Plate

1854-1855. Etching, initialled in plate upper centre, 14.5 x 26cm. Minor foxing overall, slight tears, perforations and stains to margins, old mount burn.

Held in The Met, NY, with the comment “Whistler made his first etching while employed as a draftsman at the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington, D.C., between 1854 and 1855. A staff member taught him the technique and supplied him with a copper plate, on which he etched topographic renderings of coastlines, then sketched freely drawn figures, and an oval vignette representing ‘Mrs. Partington and Ike’—characters from a Mark Twain story. The hooded hidalgo, or minor Spanish nobleman, at upper right is likely a self-portrait that hints at the artist’s bubbling ambition. Within a few months, he would be in Paris, pursing an artistic career.”

Item #CL184-23

Price (AUD): $3,900.00  other currencies

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