WHISTLER, James McNeill

J.M.Whistler ‘Chelsea Rags, 1888’



J.M.Whistler transfer lithograph printed in black on cream handmade laid paper with the watermark O.W.P & A.C.L.  ONE OF ONLY 47 impressions  printed by Goulding in 1904, the stone was erased the same year. Posthumous edition.Way states that there were only 13 lifetime impressions of this plate. There is a small impurity in the paper, otherwise in good condition.

Image 180 x 159 mm (image); 310 x 238 mm (sheet)

Sheet size 375 x 260mm ( 14 7/8 x 10.5 inches)


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Reference: Chicago 26 I/I; Levy 35; Way 22: Chicago Catalogue Raisonneé state that  this image was also published in The Albermarle in 1892, of which there were 500-1000 copies. 

‘The published edition of this subject was machine printed on a smooth ivory wove paper, which has often discoloured to cream, by Thomas way from a supplementary stone or stones in order to protect Whistler’s original stone from wear. The retransferring process resulted in some losses in the lightest lines and a slight appearance of spottiness is evident when periodical prints are compared to life-time impressions pulled from the original matrix.’

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