|James Abbott Mc Neill Whistler PRBA (1834-1903)|
Etching and drypoint on Whatman
laid paper with a watermark
Signed in the plate "Whistler" and inscribed "Annie".
Third state of three.
58 known impressions.
13.3 x 9.5 cm. 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches.
Provenance: Michael Parkin Fine Art Ltd, Chelsea, London
20th December 1973. Purchased by Miss S.B. Crutchlow.
References: (K.30) Edward G. Kennedy, The Etched Work of Whistler, New York, The Grolier Club, 1910.
(G.32) Margaret F. MacDonald, Grischka Petri, Meg Hausberg, and Joanna Meacock, James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a catalogue raisonne, University of Glasgow, 2012.
Whistler spent Christmas in London with his sister, Deborah Delano Haden (1825-1908) and brother in law Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910). Whistler produced this sensitive etching of their daughter, his niece, Annie Haden before he returned to Paris on 12 January 1859.
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.