|James Abbott Mc Neill Whistler PRBA (1834-1903)|
The "Adam and Eve", Old Chelsea. London.
Etching and drypoint on Japan paper with full margins.
With the artist's butterfly signature in the sky.
Ninety two known impressions.
Third state of three.
Published in 1879 by Messrs Hogarth & Son, London.
17.8 x 30.5 cm. 7 x 12 inches.
References: (K.175) Edward G. Kennedy, The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, The Grolier Club, 1910.
(G182). Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock, James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonne, University of Glasgow, 2012.
Provenance: Exhibition of 19th and 20th Century Masters; Etchings and Lithographs. The Leicester Gallery, London, November 1965.
The view is taken from the Old Battersea Bridge and shows the square tower of Chelsea Church. "Old Ferry Wharf/J Johnson/Coal Merchant" is written on the three-storey building to the right of the church. In the foreground the pub sign reads "The Adam and Eve/Wine & Spirit Establ". The Adam and Eve was demolished to make way for the Chelsea Embankment just before this etching was produced.
James Abbott Mc Neill Whistler PRBA (1834-1903):
As a painter, etcher and lithographer Whistler is undoubtedly one of the great masters of the nineteenth century. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts he entered West Point Military Academy in 1851 but left to work as a cartographer for the Navy where he studied etching. In 1855 he went to Paris and came under the influence of Courbet and Manet. In 1859 he moved to London and completed his masterful Thames Set of etchings. Whistler's colourful personality led him to feud, most notably with John Ruskin and Oscar Wilde. He had many imitators including Walter Greaves and Mortimer Mempes. He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy, Society of British Artists, Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere.