|James Abbott Mc Neill Whistler PRBA (1834-1903)|
La Robe Rouge.
(The Red Dress).
A study of Beatrice Whistler, the artist's wife, known as Beatrix or Trixie.
Lithograph on cream laid paper.
A well inked impression on the full sheet.
Monogrammed with the butterfly in the stone.
1894, as published in The Studio, London, with their blind-stamp, lower left.
Image 19 x 15.2 cm. 7 1/2 x 6 inches.
Sheet 29.2 x 20.3 cm. 11 1/4 x 8 inches.
Provenance: Michael Parkin Fine Art Ltd, Chelsea, London.
References: Thomas R. Way, No.68. Mervyn Levy, No.96.
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.